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Author Johnson, Claudia Durst, 1938-

Title Understanding the Scarlet letter : a student casebook to issues, sources, and historical documents / Claudia Durst Johnson.

Published Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1995.

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Physical description xiii, 228 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Series The Greenwood Press "Literature in context" series, 1074-598X.
Greenwood Press "Literature in context" series. 1074-598X.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. A Literary Analysis of The Scarlet Letter 1 -- 2. Scarlet Letter and the Puritans 25 -- 3. Puritan Mind 49 -- From The Diary of Michael Wigglesworth (1631) 60 -- 4. Crime and Punishment in Massachusetts Bay 67 -- 5. Anne Hutchinson and Hester Prynne 81 -- From John Winthrop, History of New England from 1630-1649 (1853) 95 -- From Cotton Mather, Magnalia Christi Americana (1698) 98 -- From A Report on the Trial of Mrs. Anne Hutchinson before the Church in Boston (March, 1638) 104 -- 6. Witchcraft and The Scarlet Letter 111 -- From William E. Woodard, ed., Records of Salem Witchcraft (1864) 131 -- From Cotton Mather, The Wonders of the Invisible World (1693) 134 -- From "Letter of Thomas Brattle, F.R.S." (1692) 137 -- From The Diary of Samuel Sewall (1697) 141 -- 7. "The Custom-House": Hawthorne, the Nineteenth Century, and The Scarlet Letter 147 -- From "A Review of 'The Custom-House'" (March, 1850) 157 -- From George Bishop, New England Judged by the Spirit of the Lord (1659) 164 -- From Charles W. Upham, Salem Witchcraft with an Account of Salem Village, and A History of Opinions on Witchcraft and Kindred Subjects (1867) 169 -- 8. "A" Is for Artist: The Creative Struggles of Nathaniel Hawthorne 173 -- From "Laws Against Excess in Apparel," Records of the Massachusetts Bay in New England (1651) 183 -- From Cotton Mather, Manuductio Ad Ministerium (1726) 185 -- From Timothy Dwight, "Letter on Fashionable Education" (1821) 187 -- From Noah Webster, "Letter to a Young Gentleman Commencing His Education" (1843) 189 -- From "The Scarlet Letter" (1850) 190 -- From "The Scarlet Letter" (1850) 191 -- From Orestes Brownson, "Literary Notices and Criticisms" (1850) 192 -- From Arthur Cleveland Coxe, "The Writings of Hawthorne" (1851) 193 -- From Andrew Preston Peabody, "Nathaniel Hawthorne" (1853) 194 -- 9. Scarlet Letter: Issues in the 1980s and 1990s 197 -- From "Unwed Mothers: The Scarlet Letter Returns in Pink" 204 -- From "Quayle Deplores Eroding Values; Cites TV Show" 205 -- From "One Last Column: Writer Details Where He Failed" 206 -- From "Bakker, Evangelist, Resigns His Ministry over Sexual Incident" 210 -- From "Preachers' Battle Transfixing the South" 212 -- From "Pastor Tells of Guilt over Introducing Pair" 213 -- From "Bakker's Troubles Test Faith at Religious Resort" 213 -- From "TV Ministry Lists '85 Income" 214 -- From "Swaggart Is Subject of Investigation by His Church" 214 -- From "Swaggart Says He Has Sinned, Will Step Down" 215 -- From "The Phallic Pulpit" 216.
Summary A multidisciplinary study of Hawthorne's classic through rare documents from the 17th and 19th centuries and current news articles. This casebook examines the novel in the context of its time as well as its incredibly enduring relevance to contemporary social, moral, and political issues.
Subject Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804-1864. Scarlet letter -- Sources.
Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804-1864. Scarlet letter -- Examinations -- Study guides.
Historical fiction, American -- History and criticism -- Sources.
Literature and history -- Massachusetts -- Sources.
Mothers and daughters in literature -- Sources.
Puritans in literature -- Sources.
Adultery in literature -- Sources.
Women in literature -- Sources.
Massachusetts -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 -- Sources.
ISBN 0313293287 (alk. paper)