By Nathaniel Hawthorne
"Thou and thine, Hester Prynne, belong to me." With those chilling phrases a husband claims his spouse after a two-year absence. however the baby she clutches isn't his, and Hester wears a scarlet "A" upon her breast, the signal of adultery obvious to all. below an assumed identify, her husband starts off his vindictive look for her lover, made up our minds to show what Hester is both made up our minds to guard. Defiant and proud, Hester witnesses the degradation of 2 very varied males, as ethical codes and criminal imperatives painfully collide. Set within the Puritan neighborhood of seventeenth-century Boston, The Scarlet Letter additionally sheds gentle at the 19th century within which it was once written, as Hawthorne explores his ambivalent family members together with his Puritan forebears. The textual content of this version is taken from the Centenary variation of Hawthorne's works, the main authoritative severe variation. It contains a new, wide-ranging creation that sheds gentle at the novel's autobiographical, historic, and literary contexts, a accomplished and updated bibliography, and thorough notes that offer crucial details on Puritan and nineteenth-century existence.
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Michael Davitt Bell —— The Marble Faun, ed. Susan Manning —— Young Goodman Brown and Other Tales, ed. Brian Harding THE SCARLET LETTER This page intentionally left blank PREFACE to the second edition Much to the author’s surprise, and (if he may say so without additional oﬀence) considerably to his amusement, he ﬁnds that his sketch of oﬃcial life, introductory to The Scarlet Letter, has created an unprecedented excitement in the respectable community* immediately around him. It could hardly have been more violent, indeed, had he burned down the Custom-House, and quenched its last smoking ember in the blood of a certain venerable personage, against whom he is supposed to cherish a peculiar malevolence.
124). It is signiﬁcant because this gives us the dates of the novel, 1642–9, and calls attention to the strategic ruse of making Bellingham governor. See Charles Ryskamp, ‘The New England Sources of The Scarlet Letter’, in American Literature, 31 (1959), 257–72. On the importance of Winthrop in the text, see Michael Colacurcio, ‘The Woman’s Own Choice’, in New Essays on ‘The Scarlet Letter’ (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985), 101–35, Kristin Boudreau, From Sympathy in American Literature: American Sentiments from Jeﬀerson to the Jameses (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2002), esp.
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