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303 p. ; 16 cm.
Originally published : 1850.
Historical. Set in mid-17th century Boston, this tale of passion, puritanism and revenge is one of the foremost classics of American literature. Its heroine, Hester Prynne, is compelled by her own moral autonomy to wear the scarlet letter but she emerges as a woman with her integrity intact.
Preface to the second edition -- Introductory : The custom-house -- The prison-door -- The marketplace -- The recognition -- The interview -- Hester at her needle -- Pearl -- The Governor's Hall -- The elf-child and the minister -- The leech -- The leech and his patient -- The interior of a heart -- The minister's vigil -- Another view of Hester -- Hester and the physician -- Hester and Pearl -- A forest walk -- The pastor and his parishioner -- A flood of sunshine -- The child at the brookside -- The minister in a maze -- The New England holiday -- The procession -- The revelation of the scarlet letter -- Conclusion -- Afterword.