The scarlet letter modern library classics by nathaniel hawthorne amazing tale of the far-reaching consequences of sin and deceit
The Scarlet Letter (Modern Library Classics) by Nathaniel Hawthorne A Call To Integrity, HonestyAmazon Exclusive: Editorial Director Elda Rotor on Classics That NeverGo Out of Style Dear Amazon Readers: Penguin Classics is pleased topublish three new Penguin Classics Deluxe editions of Wuthering Heights,The Scarlet Letter and Pride and Prejudice, with covers designed by world-renowned fashion illustrator Ruben Toledo. With Penguins history ofexcellence in book design and following the success of our continuedseries of award-winning deluxe editions with covers by leading graphic andcomic artists, we wanted to explore another inspiring world of design forPenguin Classics. Roseanne Serra, our art director for this series, whichwe call in-house the Couture Classics, had the vision of inviting fashionillustrators to create specially commissioned art work. My first choice of anartist to ask was Ruben Toledo, whose work I have admired since I was astudent combing through pages of the earlier incarnations of Paper andDetails magazines. I always found his drawings of women dressed in thelatest styles to be so imaginative, whimsical and surreal, that they could becharacters out of beloved novels. Ruben agreed to draw these threecovers, each in a different medium of ink, watercolor or pencil, because hewas attracted to the idea of creating covers for a younger generation ofPenguin Classics readers and to promote literacy. They are not yourmothers Bronte as Glamour tagged the set. Our hope is that these vibrantcovers will entice general readers and students with an interest in designto delve into the stories that inspire these artistic creations. We hope thatbook lovers, those that cherish the old-school feel of a physical book, wholove book design, fonts, and the all-around aesthetics of a beautiful book,will want all three. Cathy and Heathcliff, Hester and Pearl, and Elizabethand Darcy are the literary muses for these covers, and readers will enjoyRubens interpretations of these classic characters plus the mood, texture,and scenery inspired by them. From front to back cover, extending even tothe French flaps, each cover represents a refreshing representation of theclassic work through Rubens unique artistic sensibility. The fun of thesecovers is that they reiterate that classics are relevant for every generation,especially the latest one. Liesl Schillinger for the New York Times blog
identifies the fun in seeing the aesthetics of todays youth embodied inToledos art: Was Heathcliff--the wild child of Wuthering Heights--a 19th-century emo boy? Can you picture Jane Austens Lizzy Bennet as aRegency gossip girl, and Darcy as her Mr. Big in knee breeches? Andwhat about Hester Prynne--was she Nathaniel Hawthornes idea of acolonial yummy mummy? Nylon first blogged about Toledos s eries, andthe tongue-in-cheek challenge to judge a book by its cover: While hissurreal take on the Yorkshire moors or his Technicolor vision of HesterPrynne might not change the actual details of the plot, they certainly add astylish edge to book club mainstays. Ive heard that people love the Wuthering Heights cover because itexudes the same dark Gothic sexiness of Twilights Edward and Bella.(How perfect that Bella herself reads Wuthering Heights for advice on herown love life.) Toledos details capturing Cathys persona are mesmerizing,and the chic mysteriousness of Heathcliff peering above his collar capturesthe perfect bad-boyfriend tone. The stark black and white Pride andPrejudice cover in silhouette is precise yet witty. (I love the chair on theback cover.) Ruben has a little extra for readers of Pride and Prejudicewith a frontispiece of extra “accessories” for the covers characters. Butmy personal favorite is The Scarlet Letter cover. I love the gossipingwomen, who extend to the French flaps of the cover, emphasizing the sizeof Hesters scandal. For the font-crazed, Ruben creates various fonts of theletter A tacked along the fence. The rose bush, a classic image thatappears in 19th-century illustrated editions, is the perfect anchor to thismodern interpretation. Look at the ravishing Hester entangled by the markshe must wear on what might be a cashmere sweater dress with an utterlyintimidating Pearl in tow in what could be Wolford baby tights. With suchalluring images, who wouldn’t be compelled to read these novels? Whatwent through Rubens mind in creating these covers? Ruben discussed hisprocess with Womens Wear Daily, I did approach each story as abstractimages--visual quotes from a dream. As I read, I was playing the animatedmovie in my head. These masterpieces are all so well written. We hopeyou enjoy all three books. We hope they spark your imagination and stir uppassion for the classics, for Penguin Classics, so timeless and trend-setting, they never go out of style. Best wishes, Elda Rotor EditorialDirector, Penguin ClassicsFeatures:This book is a masterpiece of English (not just American) literature. It is asbeautiful as prose can be, showcasing the amazing technique and depththat Hawthorne could communicate. It isnt trite story of a puritan scandal;rather, it is a penetrating exploration of shame, redemption, and true love.Melville had it right when he dedicated his book to the "Genius ofHawthorne". Not surprisingly, this is one of the few American novels on thelist of Great Books, which should obviate any needless disputes about the
quality of this novel constantly brought up by sophmoric readers that havelittle experience in literature.This edition is nicely bound and quite affordable. For such a grea t book,the introduction is unfortunately shallow and unscholarly. Instead ofexploring the themes or structure of the piece, the write opts for a blandbiography of Hawthorne, a light summarization of the novel along with theCustom House prologue, and finishes her essay with some obstusecomparisons of Hester Prynne with Monica Lewinksy. Making such idioticreferences to pop culture prompts the reader to wonder if this personunderstood the book at all.Fortunately, the comments at the end of the novel are what makes thisedition valuable. Reading the reviews of contemporaries, includingMelville, add to the readers understanding and they are nice pieces ofanalysis in themselves. The essay of Hawthornes own son, Jullian,superbly catches the nuances of Hawthornes style and should be held asa template for literary analysis.For the price and the reviews at the end, I highly recommend this edition ofa timeless classic. For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price:The Scarlet Letter (Modern Library Classics) by Nathaniel Hawthorne - 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price!