The Scarlett Letter

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The Scarlett Letter

Hester Prynn, a young woman in Puritan Massachusetts, publicly bears the burden of her sin of adultery while her husband secretly exacts his revenge. Presented in comic book format.

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Overview

The Scarlett Letter

Hester Prynn, a young woman in Puritan Massachusetts, publicly bears the burden of her sin of adultery while her husband secretly exacts his revenge. Presented in comic book format.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781494474737
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/14/2013
  • Pages: 254
  • Sales rank: 91,269
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Nathaniel Hawthorne
"Words -- so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them," Nathaniel Hawthorne once reflected. Hawthorne's own words indeed had an undeniable power. Author of The Scarlet Letter and originator of the American short story, Hawthorne left an indelible impression on literature that would influence his fellow writers into the next century.

Biography

Nathaniel Hathorne, Jr., was born into an established New England puritan family on Independence Day, 1804, in Salem, Massachusetts. After the sudden death of his father, he and his mother and sisters moved in with his mother's family in Salem. Nathaniel's early education was informal; he was home-schooled by tutors until he enrolled in Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

Uninterested in conventional professions such as law, medicine, or the ministry, Nathaniel chose instead to rely "for support upon my pen." After graduation, he returned to his hometown, wrote short stories and sketches, and chanced the spelling of his surname to "Hawthorne." Hawthorne's coterie consisted of transcendentalist thinkers, including Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. Although he did not subscribe entirely to the group's philosophy, he lived for six months at Brook Farm, a cooperative living community the transcendentalists established in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.

On July 9, 1942, Hawthorne married a follower of Emerson, Sophia Peabody, with whom he had a daughter, Una, and a son, Julian. The couple purchased a mansion in Concord, Massachusetts, that previously had been occupied by author Louisa May Alcott. Frequently in financial difficulty, Hawthorne worked at the custom houses in Salem and Boston to support his family and his writing. His peaceful life was interrupted when his college friend, Franklin Pierce, now president of the United States, appointed him U.S. consul at Liverpool, England, where he served for four years.

The publication of The Scarlet Letter in 1850 changed the way society viewed Puritanism. Considered his masterpiece, the novel focuses on Hawthorne's recurrent themes of sin, guilt, and punishment. Some critics have attributed his sense of guilt to his ancestors' connection with the persecution of Quakers in seventeenth-century New England and their prominent role in the Salem witchcraft trials in the 1690s.

On May 19, 1864, Hawthorne died in Plymouth, New Hampshire, leaving behind several unfinished novels that were published posthumously. He is buried at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts.

Author biography from the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of The Scarlet Letter.

Good To Know

Hawthorne's birth name was actually Nathaniel Hathorne. It's rumored that he added a "w" to avoid being associated with his Puritan grandfather, Judge Hathorne -- who presided over the Salem Witch Trials.

Among Hawthorne's peers at Maine's Bowdoin College: author Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Franklin Pierce, who would later become the country's 14th president.

In its first week of publication, The Scarlet Letter sold 4,000 copies.

Hawthorne died on May 19, 1864, at the Pemigewasset House in Plymouth, New Hampshire. Ironically, former president Franklin Pierce had advised him to go there for his health.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      July 4, 1804
    2. Place of Birth:
      Salem, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Death:
      May 19, 1864
    2. Place of Death:
      Plymouth, New Hampshire
    1. Education:
      Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, 1824

Table of Contents

Insights into Nathaniel Hawthorne 7
Chapter 1 The Prison Door 14
Chapter 2 The Marketplace 17
Chapter 3 The Recognition 28
Chapter 4 The Interview 39
Chapter 5 Hester at Her Needle (Summary) 47
Chapter 6 Pearl 48
Chapter 7 The Governor's Hall (Summary) 59
Chapter 8 The Elf-Child and the Minister 61
Chapter 9 The Leech (Summary) 71
Chapter 10 The Leech and His Patient 73
Chapter 11 The Interior of a Heart (Summary) 83
Chapter 12 The Minister's Vigil 84
Chapter 13 Another View of Hester (Summary) 97
Chapter 14 Hester and the Doctor 99
Chapter 15 Hester and Pearl 106
Chapter 16 A Forest Walk 114
Chapter 17 The Pastor and His Parishioner 121
Chapter 18 A Flood of Sunshine 131
Chapter 19 The Child at the Brookside 139
Chapter 20 The Minister in a Maze 147
Chapter 21 The New England Holiday (Summary) 159
Chapter 22 The Procession (Summary) 160
Chapter 23 The Revelation 162
Chapter 24 Conclusion 173
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