The Scarlet Letter ( Unabridged Classics) : The Originals
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ISBN: 9789352766857 Pages: 224 Size: 129 x 198 mm Language: English Book Binding: Paperback Weight: 200 gm.
About The Book
"She had not known the weight until she felt the freedom. Nathaniel Hawthorneâ€™s masterpiece, The Scarlet Letter, set in 17th-century Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony, is the tale of Hester Prynneâ€™s â€˜shameâ€™ following the birth of a child whose father remains unidentified for the larger part of the narrative. Hesterâ€™s defiance in the face of expulsion and repudiation makes her a heroine ahead of her time. Pearl, the illegitimate daughter, Arthur Dimmesdale, the â€˜cheatingâ€™ Minister of Church, Reverend John Wilson, and the malicious Roger Chillingworth are Hawthorneâ€™s characters whose lives, premised on guilt and pride, take a tumultuous turn as the cataclysmic outcome of an act of passion. The embroidered scarlet â€˜Aâ€™â€”that she is required to wear on her dress on the day of her punishmentâ€” becomes a manifestation of Hesterâ€™s â€˜adulteryâ€™, her erratic past and ignominious present. Will she break her vow of silence?"
About Nathaniel Hawthorne
novelist and short story writer Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on 4 July 1804
in Salem, Massachusetts.
Hawthorne studied at Bowdoin College from 1821 to 1825 and shortly
thereafter published his first novel Fanshawe in 1828. In 1836, he served as
the editor of the American Magazine of Useful and Entertaining
Predominantly a short story writer in his early career, Hawthorne, after
publishing Twice-Told Tales (1837), surprisingly observed about his own
works, I do not think much of them. However, his most popular short stories
include My Kinsman, Major Molineux (1832), The Minister's Black Veil (1832), Young Goodman Brown (1835) and Feathertop (1852).
Hawthorne's other major romances apart from the bestselling The Scarlet
Letter (1850) were The House of the Seven Gables (1851), The Blithedale
Romance (1852) and The Marble Faun (1860). For Hawthorne, romance was about
exploring psychological themes like sin, human fallibility, self-destruction
and retribution. Dark romanticism bordering on surrealism is what Hawthorne's
works, inspired by Puritan New England, were steeped in.
His seminal essay Chiefly About War Matters (1862) foregrounded the
author's experiences of meeting eminent figures like Abraham Lincoln, during
his travel to Washington, D.C., amidst the American Civil War.
Among his published works, a biography of his college friend Franklin
Pierce, the 14th President of the United States is also noteworthy.
Hawthorne died in his sleep on 19 May 1864.