The Scarlet Letter

By Nathaniel Hawthorne; Brian Harding (Editor); Cindy Weinstein (Introduction by)
Oxford University Press, USA, Paperback, 9780199537808, 226pp.

Publication Date: April 2009

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"Thou and thine, Hester Prynne, belong to me." With these chilling words a husband claims his wife after a two-year absence. But the child she clutches is not his, and Hester wears a scarlet "A" upon her breast, the sign of adultery visible to all. Under an assumed name, her husband begins his vindictive search for her lover, determined to expose what Hester is equally determined to protect. Defiant and proud, Hester witnesses the degradation of two very different men, as moral codes and legal imperatives painfully collide. Set in the Puritan community of seventeenth-century Boston, The Scarlet Letter also sheds light on the nineteenth century in which it was written, as Hawthorne explores his ambivalent relations with his Puritan forebears. The text of this edition is taken from the Centenary Edition of Hawthorne's works, the most authoritative critical edition. It includes a new, wide-ranging introduction that sheds light on the novel's autobiographical, historical, and literary contexts, a comprehensive and up-to-date bibliography, and thorough notes that provide essential information on Puritan and nineteenth-century life.
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About the Author
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 - 1864) was a novelist and short story writer. He wrote many classic novels including The Scarlet Letter, Tanglewood Tales, Twice-Told Tales, and The House of the Seven Gables.

Brian Harding is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Texas Woman's University, USA.

Cindy Weinstein is Professor of English and Vice Provost at the California Institute of Technology. She is the author of The Literature of Labor and the Labors of Literature, Family, Kinship, and Sympathy in Nineteenth-Century American Literature, and co-editor of American Literature's Aesthetic Dimensions. Weinstein also edited The Cambridge Companion to Harriet Beecher Stowe (Cambridge University Press, 2004).
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