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A dramatic, moving depiction of social defiance and social deference, of passion and human frailty
Set in the harsh Puritan community of seventeenth-century Boston, this tale of an adulterous entanglement that results in an illegitimate birth reveals Nathaniel Hawthorne's concerns with the tension between the public and the private selves. Publicly disgraced and ostracized, Hester Prynne draws on her inner strength and certainty of spirit to emerge as the first true heroine of American fiction. Arthur Dimmesdale stands as a classic study of a seld divided; trapped by the rules of society, he suppresses his passion and disavows his lover, Hester, and their daughter, Pearl. As Nina Baym writes in her Introduction, The Scarlet Letter was not written as realistic, historical fiction, but as a "romance," a creation of the imagination that discloses the truth of the human heart.
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Book Description Penguin Classics, 2002. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # 0142437263
Book Description Penguin Classics, U.S.A., 2002. Soft cover. Condition: New. No Jacket. Re-issue. The classic story of Hester Prynne, who had a baby out of wedlock and was forced to wear the scarlet "A" to show her adulterous behavior. Hester is ostracized, but draws on her inner strength to become the first real heroine in American fiction. Includes lengthy introduction. Current print of Penguin Classics edition first published in 2003, of a book first published in 1850. Seller Inventory # 016751
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Book Description Penguin Classics, 2002. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 9780142437261
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