The Scarlet Letter

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Pan Macmillan, May 18, 2017 - Fiction - 304 pages

Roger Chillingworth arrives in New England after two years' separation from his wife, Hester Prynne, to find her on trial for adultery. She refuses to reveal her lover and is sentenced to wear a scarlet letter 'A' sewn onto her clothes. Resolving to discover the man's identity, Roger sets out to destroy his rival, while Hester desperately tries to protect her illegitimate daughter from a society determined to condemn them both.

A smash hit in its day, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is the gripping tale of three New England settlers at odds with the seventeenth-century Puritan society in which they live, and remains one of literature's most evocative portraits of a love triangle.

This beautiful Macmillan Collector's Library edition of The Scarlet Letter features an afterword by broadcaster Jonty Claypole.



Preface to the Second Edition
Introductory The CustomHouse
The PrisonDoor
The Marketplace
The Recognition
The Interview
Hester at her Needle
Hester and Pearl
A Forest Walk
The Pastor and his Parishioner
18A Flood of Sunshine
The Child at the Brookside
The Minister in a Maze
The New England Holiday
The Procession

The Governors Hall
The ElfChild and the Minister
The Leech 10 The Leech and his Patient
The Interior of a Heart
The Ministers Vigil
Another View of Hester
Hester and the Physician
The Revelation of the Scarlet Letter

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Nathaniel Hawthorne was born is Salem, Massachusetts in 1804. His father died when he was four years old. His first novel, Fanshawe, was published anonymously at his own expense in 1828. He later disowned the novel and burned the remaining copies. For the next twenty years he made his living as a writer of tales and children's stories. He assured his reputation with the publication of The Scarlet Letter in 1850 and The House of the Seven Gables the following year. In 1853 he was appointed consul in Liverpool, England, where he lived for four years. He died in 1864.

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