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The Scarlet Letter (Signet Classics)
by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Published: 1981-03-01
Mass Market Paperback : 256 pages
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Hailed by Henry James as "the finest pieceof imaginative writing yet put forth in thecountry," Nathaniel Hawthorne's The ScarletLetter reaches to our nation'shistorical and moral roots for the material of greattragedy. Set in an early New England colony, the novelshows the ...
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(Hailed by Henry James as "the finest pieceof imaginative writing yet put forth in thecountry," Nathaniel Hawthorne's The ScarletLetter reaches to our nation'shistorical and moral roots for the material of greattragedy. Set in an early New England colony, the novelshows the terrible impact a single, passionate acthas on the lives of three members of thecommunity: the defiant Hester Prynne; the fiery, torturedReverend Dimmesdale; and the obsessed, vengefulChillingworth.

With The ScarletLetter, Hawthorne became the first Americannovelist to forge from our Puritan heritage auniversal classic, a masterful exploration ofhumanity's unending struggle with sin, guilt and pride.

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Excerpt

Chapter 1

The Prison-Door

A throng of bearded men, in sad-colored garments, and gray, steeple-crowned hats, intermixed with women, some wearing hoods and others bareheaded, was assembled in front of a wooden edifice, the door of which was heavily timbered with oak, and studded with iron spikes. ... view entire excerpt...

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What would have happened if Dimmesdale would have owned up to the adultry from the start?
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by [email protected] (see profile) 06/04/16

"ON A FIELD, SABLE, THE LETTER A, GULES." Sin can be not only all consuming, but eternal! WOW!!! A psychological masterpiece.

 
  "The Scarlet Letter Is and Oldly Moldy"by sparklenana (see profile) 04/25/15

I found this story slow reading and in the old english text it was booooring!

 
  "The Scarlet Letter"by Felso (see profile) 06/24/13

 
  "A classic I've never read before"by MomB96 (see profile) 10/07/12

I never read this book in high school or college, if you can believe that, so I was looking forward to sinking my teeth into something classic. Once I got used to the language, I found it to be a very... (read more)

 
  "the scarlet letter"by tilliek1970 (see profile) 05/03/12

Realize this book was written a long time ago, out club wanted to read a classic. Unfortunatly this was such a hard read that most of the members weren't even able to finish the novel.

 
  "Scarlet Letter"by dogdmc49 (see profile) 05/03/12

Most of the gals in our book club didn't even finish this book as its so hard to read. So wordy!

 
  "watch the Demi Moore version!"by tanya (see profile) 09/13/06

Started reading it and remembered why i could not finish it in High School and ended up putting it down halfway through the book and not picking it back up...no interest. Showing the movie, although a... (read more)

 
  "Average Book that Bored Me at Times"by cjspock (see profile) 09/10/06

I had a hard time getting into the book. I wanted to like the story, but to be honest, it bored me at times. I did like the core story though. It realy shows what a hidden "sin" can do to a person; how... (read more)

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