The Scarlet Letter: New Riverside Edition / Edition 1

The Scarlet Letter: New Riverside Edition / Edition 1

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by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Paul Lauter, Rita K. Gollin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0618107347

ISBN-13: 9780618107346

Pub. Date: 11/28/2001

Publisher: Cengage Learning

When it first appeared in 1850, The Scarlet Letter enjoyed scandalous success. New England critics condemned its passionate subject matter. One critic complained that Nathaniel Hawthorne invested adultery with all the fascination of genius, and all the charms of a highly polished style. My preliminary chapter, wryly noted the author, has caused the greatest…  See more details below

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When it first appeared in 1850, The Scarlet Letter enjoyed scandalous success. New England critics condemned its passionate subject matter. One critic complained that Nathaniel Hawthorne invested adultery with all the fascination of genius, and all the charms of a highly polished style. My preliminary chapter, wryly noted the author, has caused the greatest uproar that has happened here since witch-times.

As she emerges from the prison of a Puritan New England town, Hester Prynne defies the dark gloom much as the rose blooms against the prison door. With her illegitimate baby, Pearl, clutched in her arms and the letter A—the mark of an adulteress—embroidered in scarlet thread on her breast, Hester holds her head high as she faces the malice and scorn of the townsfolk. Her powerful, bittersweet story is an American classic that continues to touch the hearts of modern readers with its timeless themes of guilt, passion and repentance.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618107346
Publisher:
Cengage Learning
Publication date:
11/28/2001
Series:
New Riverside Editions Series
Edition description:
Canceled - Rights restriction
Pages:
418
Product dimensions:
5.28(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.49(d)

Table of Contents

I. Contexts Stories and Notebooks "Mrs. Hutchinson" "The Minister's Black Veil: A Parable" From "Endicott and the Red Cross" From The American Notebooks Letters To George S. Hillard (Mar. 5, 1849) To James T. Fields, (Jan. 15, 1850) To James T. Fields (Jan. 20, 1850) To James T. Fields (undated draft) To Horatio Bridge (Feb. 4, 1850) Historical Background Charles Ryskamp, "The New England Sources of The Scarlet Letter" Larry J. Reynolds, "The Scarlet Letter and Revolutions Abroad" Michael Winship, "Publishing The Scarlet Letter in the Nineteenth-Century United States" II. The Scarlet Letter "Preface to the Second Edition" "The Custom-House: Introductory to The Scarlet Letter" The Scarlet Letter III. Criticism Early Criticism Evert A. Duyckinck, "[A Psychological Romance]" Edwin Percy Whipple, "[A True Artist's Certainty of Touch and Expression]" Anne Abbott, "[The Magic Power of Hawthorne's Style]" Orestes Brownson, "[An Unfit Subject for Literature]" Later Criticism Henry James, "[Out of the Very Heart of New England]" F.O. Matthiessen, "[Integrity of Effect]" Charles Feidelson, Jr., "[Actively Seizing Upon History]" Frederick C. Crews, "The Ruined Wall" Hyatt H. Waggoner, "Dark Light on the Letter" Rita K. Gollin, "The Romances" Nina Baym, "The Major Phase I: 1850" Richard H. Brodhead, "New and Old Tales: The Scarlet Letter" Gloria C. Erlich, "The Access of Power" Sacvan Bercovitch, "[How Culture Empowers Symbolic Form]" Richard H. Millington, "Romance as Revision: The Scarlet Letter " Walter Herbert, "Domesticity as Redemption" Chronology Works Cited For Further Reading

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The Scarlet Letter 3.8 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 571 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.
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sits on the ground
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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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"Hahaha awesome" *I laugh and eat a few marshmallows*
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Ello
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*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*