The Scarlet Letter: An Authoritative Text Essays in Criticism and Scholarship / Edition 3

The Scarlet Letter: An Authoritative Text Essays in Criticism and Scholarship / Edition 3

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by Nathaniel Hawthorne
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393956539

ISBN-13: 9780393956535

Pub. Date: 06/01/1988

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

In the puritan atmosphere of colonial New England, Hester Prynne is forced to wear a scarlet A (for adultery) for giving birth to an illegitimate daughter. The child's father, the minister Arthur Dimmesdale, knows peace only after he has been shamed into confessing. Hester, however, acknowledging no sin, cannot find such peace. Here is a masterful account of religious…  See more details below

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In the puritan atmosphere of colonial New England, Hester Prynne is forced to wear a scarlet A (for adultery) for giving birth to an illegitimate daughter. The child's father, the minister Arthur Dimmesdale, knows peace only after he has been shamed into confessing. Hester, however, acknowledging no sin, cannot find such peace. Here is a masterful account of religious and sexual oppression, hypocrisy, and intrigue by one of the giants of American fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393956535
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
06/01/1988
Series:
Norton Critical Editions Series
Pages:
433
Product dimensions:
5.14(w) x 8.36(h) x 0.88(d)

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The Scarlet Letter 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 561 reviews.
fon_addict58 More than 1 year ago
I read this book in high school and reread it last week. It is one of those novels that improves over time and experience of the reader. I highly recommend this for all adults who read this as teens. Go back and look at the story with the eyes of someone who has experienced love and loss. It will change the way you thought about this wonderful book.
Anna Shapovalova More than 1 year ago
This particular version of the book was not worth the penny. Each page could take up to a minute to turn, you couldn't change the font type or size, and there weren't chapter marks in the 'contents' section. Not a pleasant book to navigate. Could not bear it in the end and bought a new version.
yomamaFL More than 1 year ago
This book was one big waste of time. I thought I was downloading the actual book, but not one page of the original book was there, just a boring review and commentary of the times.
Bibliophile79 More than 1 year ago
This novel is considered to be one of the greats. Being an English Literature major, I felt I needed to read it. The synopsis is as follows: Hester Prynne, a woman living in Puritan New England, has had an affair with a man whose identity she refuses to reveal. From this union, Hester is impregnated, and the story opens on Hester holding the illegitimate child in her arms while standing on a scaffold in front of her entire town. As punishment for her adulterous act, Hester is sentenced to wear a large scarlet A on her breast for the rest of her life. As the rest of the story unfolds, the reader gains an understanding of Hester's true nature, as well as the nature of her child. This novel provides a clear view of life as a Puritan woman, yet I found it to be a bit "wordy" at times, often going off on tangents about nature or philosophy. By the end of the novel, I found myself not caring about any of the characters, even the child. Since this novel is taught in many high schools, perhaps I am missing something, and will read it again at a later time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
sits on the ground
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is garbled in many places and does not correspond to its table of contents. Hard to read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"ethics" all res. ONE GOD PARENT ONLY
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Im chandler
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Storm was on? o.o
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THIS IS NOT A CHATROOM! STOP USING IT LIKE ONE! ITS FOR REVIEWS OF BOOKS!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She smiles and turns back to the rabbit, petting his ears.
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Anyone here.
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Hey, all. Howre things going here?
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"Hahaha awesome" *I laugh and eat a few marshmallows*
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Ello
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Walks away
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*stares at Xavier curiously and tilts head to side*
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Umm hi Jewelia? Watches the snow fall
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Bye bye
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"Thanks! I owe you one.... whoever you are."
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Tehe. I be Pippin. *she disapoofs*
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