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Part of the Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions Collection, this edition of The Scarlet Letter features fantastic new cover art designed by fashion illustrator Ruben Toledo. The story of Hester Prynne's public shame and Rev. Dimmersdale's secret torment, Nathaniel Hawthorn's classic tale of Puritan New England deftly deals with sin, shame, and legalism present in the colonies.
     

 
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The classic American story of Hester Prynne, accused of adultery, ostracized by her Puritan community, and abandoned by both her lover and her husband. The story opens in Puritan Boston, a settlement only fifteen or twenty years old. A young women stands on a scaffold clasping a three-month-old baby. As a married woman with a missing husband and a new baby, Hester Prynne could have been sentenced to death for the crime of adultery. Instead she is condemned to always wear the letter A as a badge of her shame. As she stands there, she sees her long-missing husband, who has been held captive by Indians. While the town chorus is murmuring against her and her old and unattractive husband stares silently at her, the young and handsome clergyman publicly demands the name of her partner in crime--while desperately praying that she won't reveal him. "The Scarlet Letter" rightfully deserves its stature as the first great novel written by an American, the novel that announced American literature equal to any in the world. Unabridged. Read by Dick Hill. 9 hours. 1 MP3 CD.
     

 
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The classic American story of Hester Prynne, accused of adultery, ostracized by her Puritan community, and abandoned by both her lover and her husband. The story opens in Puritan Boston, a settlement only fifteen or twenty years old. A young women stands on a scaffold clasping a three-month-old baby. As a married woman with a missing husband and a new baby, Hester Prynne could have been sentenced to death for the crime of adultery. Instead she is condemned to always wear the letter A as a badge of her shame. As she stands there, she sees her long-missing husband, who has been held captive by Indians. While the town chorus is murmuring against her and her old and unattractive husband stares silently at her, the young and handsome clergyman publicly demands the name of her partner in crime--while desperately praying that she won't reveal him. "The Scarlet Letter" rightfully deserves its stature as the first great novel written by an American, the novel that announced American literature equal to any in the world. Unabridged. Read by Dick Hill. 8 CDs. 8 hours.
     

 
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A stark and allegorical 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 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.
     

 
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First published in 1850, The Scarlet Letter is Nathaniel Hawthorne's masterpiece and one of the greatest American novels. It's themes of sin, guilt and redemption, woven through a story of adultery in the early days of the Massachusetts Colony, are revealed with remarkable psychology penetration and understanding of the human heart.
Hester Prynne is the adulteress, forced by the Puritan community to wear a scarlet letter A on the breat of her gown. Arthur Dimmesdale, the minister and the secret father of her child, Pearl, struggles with the agony of conscience and his own weakness. Roger Chillingworth, Hester's husband, revenges on himself on Dimmesdale by calculating assaults on the frail mental state of the conscience-stricken clerric. The result is an American tragedy of stark power and emotional depth that has mesmerized critices and readers for nearly a century and a half.
     

 
The Scarlet LetterThe Scarlet Letter
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Hailed by Henry James as "the finest piece of imaginative writing yet put forth in the country," Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter reaches to our nation's historical and moral roots for the material of great tragedy. Set in an early New England colony, this novel shows the terrible impact a single, passionate act has on the lives of three members of the community: the defiant Hester Prynne; the fiery, tortured Reverened Dimmesdale; and the obsessed, vengeful Chillingworth. With this book, Hawthorne became the first American novelist to forge from our Puritan heritage a universal classic, a masterful exploration of humanity's unending struggle with sin, guilt and pride.
     

 
The Scarlet Letter, Dover Thrift Study EditionThe Scarlet Letter, Dover Thrift Study Edition
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Whether you're preparing for a paper, test, discussion, or simply want to get better acquainted with Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic The Scarlet Letter, this Dover Thrift Study Guide Edition has what you need! Including the complete and unabridged text, this book also includes an introduction, scene-by-scene summaries, explanations and discussion of plot, Q&A, a short biography of Hawthorne, and list of characters. 272 pages, softcover.
     

 
The Scarlet Letter: A RomanceThe Scarlet Letter: A Romance
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The story of Hester Prynne, found out in adultery, pilloried by her Puritan community, and abandoned, in different ways, by both her partner in sin and her vengeance-seeking husband, possesses, word by word and page by page, a reality heightened by Hawthorne's pure human sympathy and his unmixed devotion to his supposedly fallen but fundamentally innocent heroine. In its moral force and the beauty of its conciliations, The Scarlet Letter rightly deserves its stature as the first great novel written by an American, the novel that announced an American literature equal to any in the world.
     

 
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A dramatic, moving depiction of social defiance and social deference, of passion and human frailty. Set in the harsh Puritan community of the 17th century Boston, this tale of an adulterous entanglement that results in an illegitimate birth reveals Nathanial Hawthorne's concerns with the tension between the public and the private selves. Publicly disgraced and ostracized, Hester Prynne draws on her inner strength and certainty of spirit to emerge as the first true heroine of American fiction. Arthur Dimmesdale stands as a classic study of a self divided; trapped by the rules of society, he suppresses his passion and disavows his lover, Hester, and their daughter, Pearl. As Nina Baym writes in her Introduction, The Scarlet Letter was not written as realistic, historical fiction, but as a "romance," a creation of the imagination that discloses the truth of the human heart.
     

 
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One of the great American novels, Hawthorne's treatment of sin and legalism in early Puritan America stands out as a thrilling work of classic fiction. Exposing the cruelties and hypocrisy's of the community Hester Prynne lives in, a number of themes are expertly woven into this take of crime, sin, guilt, punishment, and forgiveness. 203 pages, softcover.
     

 

 

 
The House of the Seven GablesThe House of the Seven Gables
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In a sleepy little New England village stands a dark, weather-beaten, many-gabled house. This brooding mansion is haunted by a centuries-old curse that casts the shadow of ancestral sin upon the last four members of the distinctive old Pyncheon family. Mysterious deaths threaten the living. Musty documents nestle behind hidden panels carrying the secret of the family's salvation - or its downfall.
     

 
The House Of The Seven GablesThe House Of The Seven Gables
Nathaniel Hawthorne
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First published in 1851, The House of Seven Gables is one of Hawthorne's defining works, a vivid description of American life and values, replete with brilliantly etches characters. The tale of a cursed house with a "mysterious and terrible past" and the generations linked to it, Hawthorne's chronicle of the Maule and Pyncheon families over two centuries reveals, in Mary Oliver's world, "lives caught in the common fire of history."
     

 
The House of Seven GablesThe House of Seven Gables
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This enduring novel of crime and retribution is a psychological drama that vividly reflects the social and moral values of New England in the 1840,s.
     

 
The House of the Seven GablesThe House of the Seven Gables
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The story of the Pyncheon family, residents of an evil house cursed by the victim of their ancestor's witch hunt and haunted by the ghosts of many generations.

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    The Marble Faun, Or, the Romance of Monte BeniThe Marble Faun, Or, the Romance of Monte Beni
    Nathaniel Hawthorne
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    Amidst the inspiring landscape of Rome, three young Americans abroad discover the artistic and moral freedom offered by that historic city. Together with the childlike Donatello they flourish in the company of cultured Europeans. They are free to live, and free to love. While Kenyon quietly pursues the virginal Hilda, Donatello declares passionate, obsessive love for Miriam. But she is an unknown quantity, haunted by her former life; pursued by a sinister spectre and a sense of doom. Propelled by his wild and unsophisticated heart. Donatello provokes their mutual sin. Now, miserably entangled, their friendship-and love-must struggle to survive.
         

     
    Selected Short Stories of Nathaniel HawthorneSelected Short Stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne
    Nathaniel Hawthorne
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    Nathaniel Hawthorne was a true master of fiction and this book of selected works shows how he mastered the art of writing. From the author who gave us "The Scarlet Letter" and "The House Of Seven Gables", here is a comprehensive selection of his best short stories ever. Some of the titles included are "The Minister's Black Veil," "Young Goodman Brown," and "Ethan Brand."
         

     
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    Nathaniel Hawthorne
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    Here in one volume are all five of Nathaniel Hawthorne's world famous novels. Written in a richly suggestive style that seems remarkably contemporary, they are permeated by America's and Hawthorne's own history. The House of the Seven Gables moves across 150 years from an ancestral crime condoned by the Puritan theocracy to a new beginning in the bustling and democratic Jacksonian era. Hawthorne's masterpiece, The Scarlet Letter, is a dramatic allegory of the social consequences of adultery and the subversive force of personal desire in a community of laws. The Blithedale Romance explores the perils, which Hawthone knew firsthand, of living in a utopian community, and the inextricability of political, personal, and sexual desires. Fanshawe is an engrossing apprentice work which Hawthorne published anonymously and later sought to suppress. The Marble Faun, his last finished novel, involves mystery, murder, and romance among American artists in Rome.
         

     
    The Great Stone FaceThe Great Stone Face
    Gary D. Schmidt
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    Gary Schmidt's retelling of this classic story by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a moving look at the nature of goodness, character, and a life well-lived. And Bill Farnsworth has beautifully captured the period and the tale's New England Settings with images in the tradition of Golden Age of Illustration. Recommended for ages 5 and up.
         

     
    A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys, Vol. 0000A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys, Vol. 0000
    Nathaniel Hawthorne
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    The author has been long of opinion that many of the classical myths were capable of being rendered into very capital reading for children. In the little volume here offered to the public, he has worked up half a dozen with this end in view. A great freedom of treatment was necessary to his plan; but it will be observed by every one who attempts to render these legends malleable in his intellectual furnace that they are marvellously independent of all temporary modes and circumstances. They remain essentially the same, after changes that would affect the identity of almost anything else. He does not, therefore, plead guilty to a sacrilege, in having sometimes shaped anew, the forms that have been hallowed by an antiquity of two or three thousand years. No epoch of time can claim a copyright in these immortal fables. They seem never to have been made; and certainly, so long as man exists, they can never perish; but, by their indestructibillity itself, they are legitimate subjects for every age to clothe with its own garniture of manners and sentiment, and to imbue with its own morality. In the present version they have lost much of their classical aspect (or, at all events, the author has not been careful to preserve it), and have, perhaps, assumed a Gothic or romantic guise.--From the Preface
         

     
    Young Goodman Brown and Other Short Stories:  Dover Thrift EditionsYoung Goodman Brown and Other Short Stories: Dover Thrift Editions
    Nathaniel Hawthorne

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    Choice collection of short fiction by one of the masters of the genre. In addition to the title story, this volume includes "The Birthmark," "Rappaccini's Daughter," "Roger Malvin's Burial," "The Artist of the Beautiful," "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment" and "My Kinsman, Major Molineux." Tales deal with scientific experiment, witchcraft, revenge, more.
         

     
    The Blithedale RomanceThe Blithedale Romance
    Nathaniel Hawthorne
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    In language that is suggestive and often erotic, Nathaniel Hawthorne tells a tale of failed possibilities and multiple persnoal betrayals as he explores the contrasts between what his characters espouse and what they actually experience in an "ideal" community. A theme of unrealized sexual possibilities serves as a counterpoint to the other failures at Blithedale: class and sex distinctions are not eradicated, and communal work on the farm proves personally unrewarding and economically disastrous.
         

     
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