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The Scarlet Letter

by Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Condition: Very Good/No Jacket


Philadelphia: The Rodgers Company, 1899. Black Leather spine w/raised bands gilt lettering & deco, on marbled boards w/leather corners. 312 pgs w/frontis +3 tipped in illustrations, marbled endpapers. Rubbing to eges of leather. Inside Clean & Sound >no names/marks/foxing. Not Dated: date shown is approximate. Size: 24mo - over 5" - 5¾" tall. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket.

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. Read more: Identifying first editions of The Scarlet Letter




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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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