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The Scarlet Letter by  Nathaniel Hawthorne - First Edition - 1850 - from Burnside Rare Books, ABAA (SKU: 140938200)

The Scarlet Letter

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The Scarlet Letter

by Hawthorne, Nathaniel

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Boston: Ticknor, Reed and Fields, 1850. First Edition. Very Good. First edition, first issue with uncorrected errors: "reduplicate" for "repudiate" on line 20 of page 21; "characterss" page 41, line 5; "Chatechism" page 132, line 29; and "known of it" page 199, line 4; with publisher's catalogue at front dated March 1, 1850. Bound in publisher's brown cloth, with spine rebacked. Corners rubbed though, and staining to covers. Pages show foxing and age-spotting, and occasional creased corners. One of the most widely printed and acclaimed American novels of all time, a historical revisitation of Puritan Massachusetts.

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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Bookseller
Burnside Rare Books, ABAA US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
140938200
Title
The Scarlet Letter
Author
Hawthorne, Nathaniel
Book condition
Used - Very Good
Quantity available
1
Edition
First Edition
Publisher
Ticknor, Reed and Fields
Place of Publication
Boston
Date published
1850

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Burnside Rare Books specializes in American and British literature, and rare nonfiction. We are located in downtown Portland, Oregon and open by appointment.

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