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THE SCARLET LETTER

by Hawthorne, Nathaniel

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New York, NY, U.S.A.: The Heritage Press, Inc., 1935. First Thus Edition 1st Printing. Hardcover. Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Edition designed and illustrated by W.A. Dwiggins, with H.P. Sandglass newsletter laid in. Tiny stain on title page and sm. nicks on top back board, otherwise fine. No slipcase. L63

Synopsis

The Scarlet Letter: A Romance (1850) is considered the American author Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'masterwork.' A work of historical fiction set in the Massachusetts Bay Colony during the Puritan settlement of 1642-1949 itells the story of Hester Prynne, who after having a child as a result of an extra-marital affair attempts to live a life of repentance and dignity although she is marked by having to wear a Scarlett A on her person. Throughout the novel, Hawthorne explores themes of legalism, sin, and guilt. The Scarlett Letter was one of the first mass-produced novels in the United States, prior printing of books generally done by hand. The 2,500 copies first printed sold out in days, and the mass-production of books opened up conversation about books and authors to a wider-audience on a national level. The first edition of The Scarlet Letter sold out in ten days and “made Hawthorne’s fame, changed his fortune and gave to our literature its first symbolic novel a year before the appearance of Melville’s Moby-Dick” (Bradley). Although an instant best-seller, the books sales over fourteen years only brought the author $1500.

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On Oct 4 2010, erhanilhan said:
An absolute criticism of Puritan society. Hawthorne portrays the hypocritic sides of the society by pointing its discrepancies and ill-interpreted biblical sides deeds. He also shows that the society was not working in the name of god as stated; instead worked for a group of people (especially powerful) that keep the lines in hand.

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Joe Staats, Bookseller US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
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Title
THE SCARLET LETTER
Author
Hawthorne, Nathaniel
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Fine
Jacket condition
No Jacket
Quantity available
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Edition
First Thus Edition 1st Printing
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
The Heritage Press, Inc.
Place of Publication
New York, NY, U.S.A.
Date published
1935
Keywords
MODERN LITERATURE CLASSICS
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Classic Literature;
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Size
8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall

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