Title The Scarlet Letter and Other Writings, 2/e (Norton Critical Editions)
Author Nathaniel Hawthorne, Leland S. Person
ISBN 9780393264890
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 752
Book size 147 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2017
Original publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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About the book


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.



Note on the Texts

The Texts of The Scarlet Letter and Other Writings

Other Writings
Mrs. Hutchinson • Endicott and the Red Cross • Young Goodman Brown • The Minister’s Black Veil • The Birthmark

Passages from Hawthorne’s Notebooks and Letters • Nathaniel Hawthorne • From Life of Franklin Pierce

NINETEENTH- CENTURY REVIEWS OF THE SCARLET LETTER • Evert A. Duyckinck • The Scarlet Letter, Literary World (March 30, 1850) • Edwin Percy Whipple • Review of New Books, Graham’s Magazine (May 1850) • Anne W. Abbott • The Scarlet Letter, North American Review (July 1850) • Jane Swisshelm • The Scarlet Letter, Saturday Visiter (Sept. 28, 1850) • Orestes Brownson • Literary Notices and Criticisms, Brownson’s Quarterly (Oct. 1850) • Arthur Cleveland Coxe • The Writings of Hawthorne, Church Review (Jan. 1851) • Amory Dwight Mayo • The Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Universalist Quarterly (July 1851)

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

 Charles Ryskamp • The New Eng land Sources of The Scarlet Letter Frederick Newberry • A Red- Hot A and a Lusting Divine: Sources for The Scarlet Letter vi Contents Kristin Boudreau • Hawthorne’s Model of Christian Charity Laura Hanft Korobkin • The Scarlet Letter of the Law: Hawthorne and Criminal Justice Laura Doyle • “A” for Atlantic: The Colonizing Force of Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter

John Franzosa • “The Custom- House,” The Scarlet Letter, and Hawthorne’s Separation from Salem Eric Savoy • Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Anxieties of the Archive

Michael Winship • Hawthorne and the “Scribbling Women”: Publishing The Scarlet Letter in the Nineteenth- Century United States Brook Thomas • Citizen Hester: The Scarlet Letter as Civic Myth Michael Ryan • “The Puritans of Today”: The Anti- Whig Argument of The Scarlet Letter Sacvan Bercovitch • The A- Politics of Ambiguity Millicent Bell • The Obliquity of Signs: The Scarlet Letter Larry J. Reynolds • The Scarlet Letter and Revolutions Abroad Emily Miller Budick • Hawthorne, Pearl, and the Primal Sin of Culture

Louise DeSalvo • Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Feminists: The Scarlet Letter Thomas R. Mitchell • “Speak Thou for Me!”: The “Strange Earnestness” of The Scarlet Letter Nina Baym • Revisiting Hawthorne’s Feminism race and slavery Jean Fagan Yellin • The Scarlet Letter and the Antislavery Feminists Jay Grossman • “A” Is for Abolition?: Race, Authorship, The Scarlet Letter

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

 Amy Schrager Lang • Anne Hutchinson John Nickel • Hawthorne’s Demystification of History in “Endicott and the Red Cross” John Ronan • “Young Goodman Brown” and the Mathers J. Hillis Miller • The Problem of History in “The Minister’s Black Veil” John F. Birk • Hawthorne’s Mister Hooper: The Veil of Ham? Judith Fetterley • Women Beware Science: “The Birthmark” Contents vii Cindy Weinstein • The Invisible Hand Made Visible: “The Birth- mark”

Nathaniel Hawthorne: A Chronology

Selected Bibliography

About the Editor:

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.

Target Audience:

Students and academicians of English Literature.


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