Written in an easy to read accessible style by teachers with years of classroom experience masterwork studies are guides to the literary works most frequently studied in high school presenting ideas that spark imaginations these books help students to gain background knowledge on great literature useful for papers and exams the goal of each study is to encourage creative thinking by . The scarlet letter penguin classics nathaniel hawthorne thomas e connolly nina baym on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers a dramatic moving depiction of social defiance and social deference of passion and human frailty set in the harsh puritan community of seventeenth century boston. Nathaniel hawthorne was a 19th century american novelist and short story writer he is seen as a key figure in the development of american literature for his tales of the nations colonial history shortly after graduating from bowdoin college hathorne changed his name to hawthorne. The scarlet letter a romance is a work of historical fiction by american author nathaniel hawthorne published in 1850 set in puritan massachusetts bay colony during the years 1642 to 1649 the novel tells the story of hester prynne who conceives a daughter through an affair and then struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignitythe book explores themes of legalism sin and guilt. Lasts essay is both an analysis of the scarlet letter as well as a personal account of the authors experience reading the novel she discusses masculine and feminine elements in the novels voice and structure miller edwin haviland salem is my dwelling place life of nathaniel hawthorne iowa city university of iowa press 1991
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