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The Scarlet Letter

Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Part of the Collins Classics Series

The Scarlet Letter Synopsis

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Ah, but let her cover the mark as she will, the pang of it will be always in her heart.' A tale of sin, punishment and atonement, The Scarlet Letter exposes the moral rigidity of a 17th-Century Puritan New England community when faced with the illegitimate child of a young mother. Regarded as the first real heroine of American fiction, it is Hester Prynne's strength of character that resonates with the reader when her harsh sentence is cast. It is in her refusal to reveal the identity of the father in the face of her accusers that Hawthorne champions his heroine and berates the weakness of Society for attacking the innocent.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008313838
Publication date: 29th January 2019
Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Publisher: William Collins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 300 pages

About Nathaniel Hawthorne

Born in 1804, Nathaniel Hawthorne is known for his historical tales and novels about American colonial society. After publishing The Scarlet Letter in 1850, its status as an instant bestseller allowed him to earn a living as a novelist. Full of dark romanticism, psychological complexity, symbolism, and cautionary tales, his work is still popular today. He has earned a place in history as one of the most distinguished American writers of the nineteenth century.

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