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THE SCARLET LETTER Modern Library by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Hardcover - Modern Library Edition - 1950 - from Rare Book Cellar (SKU: 112180)

THE SCARLET LETTER Modern Library

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THE SCARLET LETTER Modern Library

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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New York: Modern Library / Random House. 1950. Modern Library Edition. Hardcover. Very Good+ in a Very Good dust jacket. Toning to panels. Shelf wear to panels. Wear to crown and heel. Chip to lower edge of front panel. Corners clipped to both flaps. ; 16mo 6" - 7" tall .

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The Scarlet Letter: A Romance (1850) is considered the American author Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'masterwork.' A work of historical fiction set in the Massachusetts Bay Colony during the Puritan settlement of 1642-1949 itells the story of Hester Prynne, who after having a child as a result of an extra-marital affair attempts to live a life of repentance and dignity although she is marked by having to wear a Scarlett A on her person. Throughout the novel, Hawthorne explores themes of legalism, sin, and guilt. The Scarlett Letter was one of the first mass-produced novels in the United States, prior printing of books generally done by hand. The 2,500 copies first printed sold out in days, and the mass-production of books opened up conversation about books and authors to a wider-audience on a national level. The first edition of The Scarlet Letter sold out in ten days and “made Hawthorne’s fame, changed his fortune and gave to our literature its first symbolic novel a year before the appearance of Melville’s Moby-Dick” (Bradley). Although an instant best-seller, the books sales over fourteen years only brought the author $1500.

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On Oct 4 2010, Erhanilhan said:
An absolute criticism of Puritan society. Hawthorne portrays the hypocritic sides of the society by pointing its discrepancies and ill-interpreted biblical sides deeds. He also shows that the society was not working in the name of god as stated; instead worked for a group of people (especially powerful) that keep the lines in hand.

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Bookseller’s Inventory #
112180
Title
THE SCARLET LETTER Modern Library
Author
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
second hand
Edition
Modern Library Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Modern Library / Random House
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
1950

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flap(s)
The portion of a book cover or cover jacket that folds into the book from front to back. The flap can contain biographical... [more]
heel
The lower most portion of the spine when the book is standing vertically.
shelf wear
Shelf wear (shelfwear) describes damage caused over time to a book by placing and removing a book from a shelf. This damage is... [more]
good+
A term used to denote a condition a slight grade better than Good.
jacket
Sometimes used as another term for dust jacket, a protective and often decorative wrapper, usually made of paper which wraps... [more]

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