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Hester Prynne

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Published by Chelsa House in Philadelphia .
Written in English



  • Massachusetts


  • Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804-1864.,
  • Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804-1864 -- Characters -- Hester Prynne.,
  • Prynne, Hester (Fictitious character),
  • Mothers and daughters in literature.,
  • Puritans in literature.,
  • Adultery in literature.,
  • Women in literature.,
  • Massachusetts -- In literature.

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Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 227-230) and index.

Statementedited and with an introduction by Harold Bloom.
SeriesBloom"s major literary characters, Major literary characters.
ContributionsBloom, Harold.
LC ClassificationsPS1868 .H47 2004
The Physical Object
Paginationxiv, 240 p. ;
Number of Pages240
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL3681044M
ISBN 100791078841
LC Control Number2003025729

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