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The Office of the Scarlet Letter

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"Goes a long way to proving that any literary masterpiece, read with sympathy and intelligence, works to re-establish the connections between the work of art and the life and thought of its time." -- James R. Mellow, "Times Literary Supplement"
Paperback, 200 pages
Published November 1st 1992 by Johns Hopkins University Press (first published June 1st 1991)
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Robert Zaslavsky
Jan 22, 2016 Robert Zaslavsky rated it it was ok
This is valuable, especially in the early sections. Unfortunately, the promise that it shows never delivers fully because Bercovitch loses the political focus that would have clarified the novel more fully by indulging in quasi-philosophical and metatheoretic excrescences. The first three chapters contain the heart of the analysis. Chapter four and the Postscript are an unnecessary digression that prevents a full and proper conclusion from being reached and leaves a muddier interpretation than w ...more
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Apr 22, 2012 Carmen rated it did not like it
I hated everything about this book.
Molly Bernard
Oct 25, 2011 Molly Bernard rated it liked it
A reread for me some 20 odd years since the first.
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