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The Scarlet Letter - a book by Hawthorne, Nathaniel

The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter( )
Author: Hawthorne, Nathaniel
ISBN:978-1-4923-9403-7
Publication Date:Sep 2013
Publisher:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $6.99
Book Description:

Hester Prynne, who conceived a daughter through an adulterous affair with a pastor, is struggling to create a life of dignity. Hawthorne's classic romantic tale explores themes of sin, guilt and loyalty.Written in 1850, The Scarlet Letter is set in puritan Boston, Massachusetts during 1642 to 1649.

Book Details
Pages:204
Detailed Subjects: Fiction / Historical
Fiction / Psychological
Fiction / Literary
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6 x 9 x 0.46 Inches
Book Weight:0.81 Pounds
Author Biography
Hawthorne, Nathaniel (Author)
Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on July 4, 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts. When he was four years old, his father died. Years later, with financial help from his maternal relatives who recognized his literary talent, Hawthorne was able to enroll in Bowdoin College.

Among his classmates were the important literary and political figures Horatio Bridge, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Franklin Pierce. These friends supplied Hawthorne with employment during the early years after graduation while Hawthorne was still establishing himself as a legitimate author.

Hawthorne's first novel, Fanshawe, which he self-published in 1828, wasn't quite the success that he had hoped it would be. Not willing to give up, he began writing stories for Twice-Told Tales. These stories established Hawthorne as a leading writer.

In 1842, Hawthorne moved to Concord, Massachusetts, where he wrote a number of tales, including "Rappaccini's Daughter" and "Young Goodman Brown," that were later published as Mosses from an Old Manse. The overall theme of Hawthorne's novels was a deep concern with ethical problems of sin, punishment, and atonement. No one novel demonstrated that more vividly than The Scarlet Letter. This tale about the adulterous Puritan Hester Prynne is regarded as Hawthorne's best work and is a classic of American literature. Other famous novels written by Hawthorne include The House of Seven Gables and The Blithedale Romance.

In 1852, Hawthorne wrote a campaign biography of his college friend Franklin Pierce. After Pierce was elected as President of the United States, he rewarded Hawthorne with the Consulship at Liverpool, England. Hawthorne died in his sleep on May 19, 1864, while on a trip with Franklin Pierce.

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