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The Scarlet Letter A Romance

by Hawthorne Nathaniel

Condition: Very Good with no dust jacket


New York: A. L. Burt Publisher. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1892. Hardcover. There are some signs of wear on the interior cover and minor foxing on its edges. The back interior cover has been cleanly repaired with what appears to be paper. The repair is neat and clean it does not deter from the book, rather it gives it a bit of character. Shelfwear on top and bottom of spine, ; The library of the world's best books. A Gothic American romance novel written by Nathaniel Hawthorne; generally considered to be his masterpiece. Set in Puritan New England (specifically Boston) in the seventeenth century, it tells the story of Hester Prynne, who gives birth after committing adultery, refuses to name the father, and struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity. Throughout, Hawthorne explores the issues of grace, legalism, and guilt. Gilt lettering on spine. Embossed stamp on front cover........ Book does not have a a date stated, however there is a date on the ffep that dates the book to 1892. So the book must date to that year or sometime before ; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 335 pages .

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. Read more: Identifying first editions of The Scarlet Letter A Romance


  • Bookseller: Francois Books US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 10415
  • Title: The Scarlet Letter A Romance
  • Author: Hawthorne Nathaniel
  • Format/binding:Hardcover
  • Book condition: Used - Very Good with no dust jacket
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: A. L. Burt Publisher
  • Place: New York
  • Date published: 1892
  • Keywords: Novel, Romance
  • Bookseller catalogs: All;


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