The Scarlet Letter

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Courier Dover Publications, Oct 20, 2016 - Fiction - 368 pages
A compelling tale of sin, guilt, and revenge, The Scarlet Letter is also a story of love and forgiveness. Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1850 masterpiece unfolds among the rigidly intolerant Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay colony, where Hester Prynne is condemned to wear the scarlet letter as a badge of shame. Rich in symbolism, the novel offers a uniquely American perspective on spiritual and moral issues. This deluxe hardcover reproduction of a rare 1920 edition features 31 atmospheric watercolor plates by Hugh Thomson, a noted illustrator of classic literature.
 

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Contents

A pious widow of good social rank e
138
One day leaning his forehead on his hand e I 44
144
To such an unwonted remoteness e e I 52
167
Another View of Hester
177
A blazing spear in the midnight sky e I 72
178
Hester and the Physician
187
Hester and Pearl
195
A Forest Walk
203
A Flood of Sunshine
223
The Child at the BrookSide
231
The Minister in a Maze
240
She beheld the minister advancing e c 2
248
The New England Holiday
254
The Procession
265
They were roughlooking desperadoes e e
274
The Revelation of the Scarlet Letter
278

The old dame in the chimney corner e e
206
The Pastor and his Parishioner
211
Conclusion
289

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Born on the fourth of July in 1804, Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote the stories that lie at the heart of the American Romantic movement. His portraits of colonial life reflect his Puritan heritage and offer fascinating profiles of individuals who strive for freedom from social conventions.
Hugh Thomson (1860–1920), a prolific illustrator of books and magazines, is best known for his pen-and-ink drawings for classics by Austen, Dickens, Shakespeare, and others. He occasionally worked in watercolors, as in this volume.

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