The Scarlet Letter

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Penguin UK, Jun 28, 2012 - Fiction - 288 pages
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With an essay by D. H. Lawrence.

'Shame, Despair, Solitude! These had been her teachers, - stern and wild ones, - and they had made her strong, but taught her much amiss'

Fiercely romantic and hugely influential, The Scarlet Letter is the tale of Hester Prynne, imprisoned, publicly shamed, and forced to wear a scarlet 'A' for committing adultery and bearing an illegitimate child, Pearl. In their small, Puritan village, Hester and her daughter struggle to survive, but in this searing study of the tension between private and public existence, Hester Prynne's inner strength and quiet dignity means she has frequently been seen as one of the first great heroines of American fiction.

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We are all aware of The Scarlet Letter by the great Nathaniel Hawthorne. So called masterpiece. Well, having read the book very recently, I would like to review it from the eyes of an 18-year-old ... Read full review

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The Scarlet Letter, a novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is about a woman named Hester Prynne who commits adultery in a Puritan society full of pious Puritans back in the 17th century. I found myself to ... Read full review

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Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Fourteen
Chapter Fifteen
Chapter Sixteen
Chapter Seventeen
Chapter Eighteen
Chapter Nineteen
Chapter Twenty
Chapter TwentyOne

Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten
Chapter Eleven
Chapter Twelve
Chapter Thirteen
Chapter TwentyTwo
Chapter TwentyThree
Chapter TwentyFour
Nathaniel Hawthorne and The Scarlet Letter
He just wanted a decent book to read

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Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts. In 1825 he graduated from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, and returned to Salem determined to become a writer. He joined Brook Farm, a utopian experiment in communal living, before marrying in 1842. His writing had already secured some success with his Twice-Told Tales, but it was the publication of The Scarlet Letter in 1850 that brought him immediate recognition, followed a year later by by The House of the Seven Gables. He died on a trip in New Hampshire in 1864.

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