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The Scarlet Letter Oxford World's Classics eBook ✓

Thou and thine Hester Prynne belong to me With these chilling words a husband claims his wife after a two year absence But the child she clutches is not his and Hester wears a scarlet A upon her breast the sign of adultery visible to all Under an assumed name her husband begins his vindictive search for her lover determined to expose what Hester is equally determined to protect Defiant and proud Hester witnesses the degradation of two very different men as moral codes and legal imperatives painfully collide Set in the Puritan community of seventeenth century Boston The Scarlet Letter also sheds light on the nineteenth century in which it was written as Hawthorne explores his ambivalent relations with his Puritan forebears The text of this edition is taken from the Centenary Edition of Hawthorne's works the most authoritative critical edition It includes a new wide ranging introduction that sheds light on the novel's autobiographical historical and literary contexts a comprehensive and up to date bibliography and thorough notes that provide essential information on Puritan and nineteenth century life About the Series For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features including expert introductions by leading authorities voluminous notes to clarify the text up to date bibliographies for further study and much Thou and thine Hester Prynne belong to me With these chilling words a husband claims his wife after a two year absence But the child she clutches is not his and Hester wears a scarlet A upon her breast the sign of adultery visible to all Under an assumed name her husband begins his vindictive search for her lover determined to expose what Hester is equally determined to protect Defiant and proud Hester witnesses the degradation of two very different men as moral codes and legal imperatives painfully collide Set in the Puritan community of seventeenth century Boston The Scarlet Letter also sheds light on the nineteenth century in which it was written as Hawthorne explores his ambivalent relations with his Puritan forebears The text of this edition is taken from the Centenary Edition of Hawthorne's works the most authoritative critical edition It includes a new wide ranging introduction that sheds light on the novel's autobiographical historical and literary contexts a comprehensive and up to date bibliography and thorough notes that provide essential information on Puritan and nineteenth century life About the Series For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features including expert introductions by leading authorities voluminous notes to clarify the text up to date bibliographies for further study and much Thou and thine Hester Prynne belong to me With these chilling words a husband claims his wife after a two year absence But the child she clutches is not his and Hester wears a scarlet A upon her breast the sign of adultery visible to all Under an assumed name her husband begins his vindictive search for her lover determined to expose what Hester is equally determined to protect Defiant and proud Hester witnesses the degradation of two very different men as moral codes and legal imperatives painfully collide Set in the Puritan community of seventeenth century Boston The Scarlet Letter also sheds light on the nineteenth century in which it was written as Hawthorne explores his ambivalent relations with his Puritan forebears The text of this edition is taken from the Centenary Edition of Hawthorne's works the most authoritative critical edition It includes a new wide ranging introduction that sheds light on the novel's autobiographical historical and literary contexts a comprehensive and up to date bibliography and thorough notes that provide essential information on Puritan and nineteenth century life About the Series For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features including expert introductions by leading authorities voluminous notes to clarify the text up to date bibliographies for further study and much