The Scarlet Letter (Modern Library Classics) (Paperback)

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By Nathaniel Hawthorne, Kathryn Harrison (Introduction by)
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Introduction by Kathryn Harrison
Commentary by Nathaniel Hawthorne, W. D. Howells, and Carl Van Doren
A stark tale of adultery, guilt, and social repression in Puritan New England, The Scarlet Letter is a foundational work of American literature. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s exploration of the dichotomy between the public and private self, internal passion and external convention, gives us the unforgettable Hester Prynne, who discovers strength in the face of ostracism and emerges as a heroine ahead of her time. As Kathryn Harrison points out in her Introduction, Hester is “the herald of the modern heroine.”
Includes a Modern Library Reading Group Guide

About the Author

Kathryn Harrison has written the novels Enchantments, Thicker Than Water, Exposure, Poison, The Binding Chair, The Seal Wife, and Envy. Her autobiographical work includes The Kiss, Seeking Rapture, The Road to Santiago, and The Mother Knot. She lives in New York with her husband, the novelist Colin Harrison, and their three children.

Praise For…

"[Nathaniel Hawthorne] recaptured, for his New England, the essence of Greek tragedy." --Malcolm Cowley
Product Details
ISBN: 9780679783381
ISBN-10: 0679783385
Publisher: Modern Library
Publication Date: September 19th, 2000
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: Modern Library Classics