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The Scarlet Letter (Bantam Classics) (original 1850; edition 1981)

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Title:The Scarlet Letter (Bantam Classics)
Authors:Nathaniel Hawthorne
Info:Bantam Classics (1981), Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1850)

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    aulsmith: Sex and guilt in Calvinist cultures.
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    The Scarlet Letter [1995 film] by Roland Joffé (Waldstein)
    Waldstein: Fascinating interpretation. Very free and very different. Really an independent work of art. If not superior to the novel, certainly not inferior to it either. Good script, excellent cast, beautiful music.
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    Blood and Guts in High School by Kathy Acker (alaskayo)
    alaskayo: Contains a lot of parallels between the two heroines. Acker's '77 novel also contains a scathing deconstruction of Hawthorne's the Scarlet Letter somewhere down the line. If you haven't heard of her, take note. She's worth the attention.
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    CurrerBell: Hester Prynne has a spunkiness that Ruth Hilton lacks.
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A classic book that many students tend to read in high school for the many purposes of the classic literature and plot line
  Rachael_Dorsch | Dec 11, 2018 |
A re-read this time through. Content is viewed differently when read as a college student compared with a retired person. This is the story of Hester Prynne, a married woman who commits adultery during the late 1600s, and Arthur Dimmesdale, a young cleric. The plot concerns how Hester handles her ostracism and how Arthur handles his secret. ( )
  baughga | Nov 26, 2018 |
Good writing, but frankly not to my taste. I dislike the fact that they force everyone to read this in high school. I think there are a lot better books out there... ( )
  KatelynSBolds | Nov 12, 2018 |
A tale of crime and punishment, one of public, another private. A beautiful examination of the human spirit, of love, pain and sin, and of the Puritan ethos.

I like reading classics because they always have an element of timeless truth or beauty - something that stood the test of time and still speaks to us. I found Hawthorne's examination of sin and remorse, love and suffering very beautiful and thorough. He clearly was writing a parable, comparing the suffering of a sin in public and in private. Hester, despite of her public shame, lived a true life and could be herself - while the private shame and public reverence destroyed her partner in crime. ( )
  Gezemice | Oct 29, 2018 |
When I started reading this book, I had no idea where it would take me. The blurp on the back cover only revealed something about the start of the book.
It was interesting to learn how society back then treated adultery & having an illigitimite child. It was also interesting to read about society in general in those early days. And about there the book stopped being interesting, the love story part was 'of all times and ages' and I'm no fan of those. This book was no exception to that general rule. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Oct 27, 2018 |
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Hawthorne, Nathanielprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baym, NinaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bonsanti, MarcellaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Coetzee, J. M.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Connolly, Thomas E.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cordelli, FrancoContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cox, James TrammellIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dwiggins, W AIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fernie, JohnIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Francisco, SellénTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gibson, FloNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harding, BrianEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hill, DickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hill, JamesCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Levin, HarryEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lonza, GiannaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Martin, John S.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Marx, LeoForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pagetti, CarloContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stade, NancyIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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A throng of bearded men, in sad-colored garments and gray, steeple-crowned hats, intermixed with women, some wearing hoods, and others bareheaded, was assembled in front of a wooden edifice, the door of which was heavily timbered with oak, and studded with iron spikes.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553210092, Mass Market Paperback)

Hailed by Henry James as "the finest piece of imaginative writing yet put forth in the country," Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter reaches to our nation's historical and moral roots for the material of great tragedy. Set in an early New England colony, the novel shows the terrible impact a single, passionate act has on the lives of three members of the community: the defiant Hester Prynne; the fiery, tortured Reverend Dimmesdale; and the obsessed, vengeful Chillingworth.

With The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne became the first American novelist to forge from our Puritan heritage a universal classic, a masterful exploration of humanity's unending struggle with sin, guilt and pride.

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Hester Prynne, a young wife in colonial New England, is sentenced to wear a scarlet "A" on her clothing, as a public acknowledgement of her sin of adultery.

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Penguin Australia

3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0142437263, 0143105442, 0141199458

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