The Scarlet Letter and Other Writings: A Norton Critical Edition / Edition 2

The Scarlet Letter and Other Writings: A Norton Critical Edition / Edition 2

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The Scarlet Letter and Other Writings: A Norton Critical Edition / Edition 2

The Scarlet Letter and Other Writings: A Norton Critical Edition / Edition 2


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This perennially popular Norton Critical Edition has been revised to reflect the most current scholarly approaches to The Scarlet Letter—Hawthorne’s most widely read novel—as well as to the five short prose works—“Mrs. Hutchinson,” “Endicott and the Red Cross,” “Young Goodman Brown,” “The Minister’s Black Veil,” and “The Birth-mark”—that closely relate to the 1850 novel.

This Second Norton Critical Edition also includes:
· Revised and expanded explanatory footnotes, a new preface, and a note on the text by Leland S. Person.
· Key passages from Hawthorne’s notebooks and letters that suggest the close relationship between his private and public writings
· Seven new critical essays by Brook Thomas, Michael Ryan, Thomas R. Mitchell, Jay Grossman, Jamie Barlowe, John Ronan, and John F. Birk.
· A Chronology and revised and expanded Selected Bibliography.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393264890
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/29/2017
Series: Norton Critical Editions Series
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 752
Sales rank: 419,803
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

About The Author
Leland S. Person is Professor and Head of the English Department at the University of Cincinnati. He previously taught at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and Indiana University, Fort Wayne. His is the author of Henry James and the Suspense of Masculinity, Aesthetic Headaches: Women and Masculine Poetics in Poe, Melville, and Hawthorn, and many articles on nineteenth-century American writers, especially Hawthorne, Poe, Melville, Henry James, and James Fenimore Cooper. He recently coedited (with Robert K. Martin) a collection of essays, Roman Holidays: American Writers and Artists in Nineteenth-Century Italy.

Date of Birth:

July 4, 1804

Date of Death:

May 19, 1864

Place of Birth:

Salem, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

Plymouth, New Hampshire


Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, 1824

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Note on the Texts xiii

The Texts of The Scarlet Letter and Other Writings 1

Other Writings 157

Mrs. Hutchinson 159

Endicott and the Red Cross 163

Young Goodman Brown 169

The Minister's Black Veil 178

The Birthmark 188

Contexts 201

Passages from Hawthorne's Notebooks and Letters 203

From Life of Franklin Pierce (1852) Nathaniel Hawthorne 219

Criticism 225

Nineteenth-Century Reviews of The Sacrlet Letter 227

The Scarlet Letter, Literary World (March 30, 1850) Evert A. Duyckinck 227

Review of New Books, Graham's Magazine (May 1850) Edwin Percy Whipple 229

The Scarlet Letter, North American Review July 1850) Anne W. Abbott 231

The Scarlet Letter, Saturday Visiter (Sept, 28, 1850) Jane Swisshelm 239

Literary Notices and Criticisms, Brownson's Quarterly (Oct. 1850) Orestes Brownson 242

The Writings of Hawthorne, Church Review (Jan. 1851) Arthur Cleveland Coxe 246

The Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Universalist Quarterly (July 1851) Amory Dwight Mayo 254

Review Essay 263

Antebellum Feminists on Hawthorne: Reconsidering the Reception of The Scarlet Letter Robert S. Levine 263

Puritan Background and Sources 279

The New England Sources of The Scarlet Letter Charles Ryskamp 279

A Red-Hot A and a Lusting Divine: Sources for The Scarlet Letter Frederick Newberry 290

Hawthorne's Model of Christian Charity Kristin Boudreau 296

The Scarlet Letter of the Law: Hawthorne and Criminal Justice Laura Hanft Korobkin 325

"A" for Atlantic: 'The Colonizing Force of Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter Laura Doyle 349

The Custom-House 371

"The Custom-House," The Scarlet Letter, and Hawthorne's Separation from Salem John Franzosa 371

Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Anxieties of the Archive Eric Savoy 387

Nineteenth-Century Backgrounds 407

Hawthorne and the "Scribbling Women": Publishing The Scarlet Letter in the Nineteenth-Century United States Michael Winship 407

Citizen Hester: The Scarlet Letter as Civic Myth Brook Thomas 414

"The Puritans of Today": The Anti-Whig Argument of The Scarlet Letter Michael Ryan 437

The A-Politics of Ambiguity Sacvan Bercoviteh 454

The Obliquity of Signs: The Scarlet Letter Millicent Bell 473

The Scarlet Letter and Revolutions Abroad Larry J. Reynolds 484

Hawthorne, Pearl, and the Primal Sin of Culture Emily Miller Budick 500

Gender and Sexuality 517

Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Feminists: The Scarlet Letter Louise DeSalvo 517

"Speak Thou for Mel": The "Strange Earnestness" of The Scarlet Letter Thomas R. Mitchell 528

Revisiting Hawthorne's Feminism Nina Baym 562

Race and Slavery 579

The Scarlet Letter and the Antislavery Feminists Jean Fagan Yellin 579

"A" Is for Abolition?: Race, Authorship, The Scarlet Letter Jay Grossman 601

The Scarlet Letter Films 617

Demi's Hester and Hester's Demi(se): The (New) Scarlet Letter and Its Spectators Jamie Barlowe 617

Other Writings 653

Anne Hutchinson Amy Schrager Lang 653

Hawthorne's Demystification of History in "Endicott and the Red Cross" John Nickel 662

"Young Goodman Brown" and the Mathers John Ronan 674

The Problem of History in "The Minister's Black Veil" J. Hillis Miller 691

Hawthorne's Mister Hooper: The Veil of Ham? John F. Birk 700

Women Beware Science: "The Birthmark" Judith Fetterley 709

The Invisible Hand Made Visible: "The Birth-mark" Cindy Weinstein 716

Nathaniel Hawthorne: A Chronology 721

Selected Bibliography 725

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