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The Scarlet Letter and Selected Tales [Penguin Classics] Paperback – 1986

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  • Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics / Penguin Books; Reprint edition (1986)
  • ISBN-10: 0140430520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140430523
  • ASIN: B000W737FQ
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,379,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Scarlet Letter tells the story of Hester Prynne, her lover and her love-child. The misfortunes of Hester, almost literally branded by society as a fallen woman, are related with racking poignancy and supreme imaginative stamina. Hawthorne's condemnation of the Clavinist-Puritan society which persecuted so relentlessly those transgressing its moral code is harsh and explicit and underlies the other, much shorter tales collected in this volume. Yet these, like Scarlet Letter, also reveal a certain moral ambivalence on the part of Hawthorne which led him to regard his novel both as a 'romance' and as 'a tale of human frailty and sorrow'.


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A second hand copy but very old and not really as good as I expected. The spine is brittle and I think when I've read it it will be consigned to book heaven - I don't feel I could even give it to the charity shop.
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By Wade on 23 Sept. 2015
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Not clean. Heavily drawn on.
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