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The scarlet letter : an authoritative text, essays in criticism and scholarship

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne; Seymour L Gross
Publisher: New York : Norton, 1988.
Series: Norton critical edition.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 3rd edView all editions and formats
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In a time when adultery is punishable by death, Hester Prynne becomes involved in a risky and scandalous affair with her town's handsome minister and bears his illegitimate child. For this grievous offense, she is condemned to wear a scarlet letter "A" on her breast and endure the mockery of her community forever. Explores the timeless conflict between private truth and public appearance and the choice between sin  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Aufsatzsammlung
Fiction
History
Historical fiction
Named Person: Nathaniel Hawthorne; Nathaniel Hawthorne; Nathaniel Hawthorne; Nathaniel Hawthorne; Nathaniel Hawthorne
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nathaniel Hawthorne; Seymour L Gross
ISBN: 0393956539 9780393956535
OCLC Number: 16131586
Description: vii, 443 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: The text of The scarlet letter --
Great feeling and discrimination / Evert A. Duyckink --
Tragic power / Edwin Percy Whipple --
Severity, purity and sympathy / Henry F. Chorley --
Hester versus Dimmesdale / George Bailey Loring --
The nauseous amour of a Puritan pastor / Arthur Cleveland Coxe --
The New England sources of The scarlet letter / Charles Ryskamp --
Hester Prynne in history / Charles Boewe & Murray G. Murphy --
Public confession and The scarlet letter / Ernest W. Baughman --
Footsteps of Ann Hutchinson: the context of The scarlet letter / Michael J. Colacurcio --
Tradition and disinheritance in The scarlet letter / Frederick Newberry --
Narrative tone in "The custom-house" and The scarlet letter / Marshall Van Deusen --
The surveyor of "The custom-house": a narrator for The scarlet letter / David Stouck --
The romantic malgre lui: Hawthorne in "The custom-house" / Nina Baym --
A key to "The custom-house" / Robert L. Berner. The scarlet letter / F.O. Matthiessen --
Form and content in The scarlet letter / John C. Gerber --
Scarlet A minus / Frederic I. Carpenter --
Hawthorne's Hester / David Abel --
Realms of being and dramatic irony / Richard Harter Fogle --
Three orders: natural, moral, and symbolic / Hyatt Howe Waggoner --
Transformations: Hester and Arthur / Roy R. Male --
"Solitude, and love, and anguish": the tragic design of The scarlet letter / Seymour Gross --
Hester's double Providence: the scarlet letter and the green / Daniel G. Hoffman --
The scarlet letter as a love story / Ernest Sandeen --
The ruined wall / Frederick C. Crews --
The people of Boston / Charles Feidelson, Jr. --
The dark blossom of romance / Joel Porte --
The scarlet letter: "a tale of human frailty and sorrow" / John Caldwell Stubbs --
Method in The scarlet letter / Richard H. Brodhead --
Plot in The scarlet letter / Nina Baym --
Hawthorne versus Hester: the ghostly dialectic of romance in The scarlet letter / Daniel Cottom --
The ambivalent narrator of The scarlet letter / David Leverenz --
The embroidered sin: confessional evasion in The scarlet letter / Dennis Foster.
Series Title: Norton critical edition.
Responsibility: [Nathaniel Hawthorne] ; edited by Seymour Gross [and others].

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In a time when adultery is punishable by death, Hester Prynne becomes involved in a risky and scandalous affair with her town's handsome minister and bears his illegitimate child. For this grievous offense, she is condemned to wear a scarlet letter "A" on her breast and endure the mockery of her community forever. Explores the timeless conflict between private truth and public appearance and the choice between sin and salvation.

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