TitleThe Scarlet Letter
AuthorNathaniel Hawthorne
ImprintNathaniel Hawthorne Ltd
Sales rank4.5


The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne A Classic Work of Romantic Fiction The Scarlet Letter is an 1850 romantic work of fiction in a historical setting, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and is considered to be his magnum opus Set in 17th century Puritan Boston, Massachusetts during the years 1642 to 1649, it tells the story of Hester Prynne, who conceives a daughter through an affair and struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity Throughout the book, Hawthorne explores themes of legalism, sin, and guilt It was long thought that Hawthorne originally planned The Scarlet Letter to be a shorter novelette which was part of a collection to be named Old Time Legends and that his publisher, James Thomas Fields, convinced him to expand the work to a full length novel This is not true Fields persuaded Hawthorne to publish The Scarlet Letter alone along with the earlier completed Custom House essay but he had nothing to do with the length of the story Hawthorne s wife Sophia later challenged Fields claims a little inexactly he has made the absurd boast that he was the sole cause of the Scarlet Letter being published She noted that her husband s friend Edwin Percy Whipple, a critic, approached Fields to consider its publication The manuscript was written at the Peter Edgerley House in Salem, Massachusetts, still standing as a private residence at 14 Mall Street It was the last Salem home where the Hawthorne family lived The Scarlet Letter was published as a novel in the spring of 1850 by Ticknor Fields, beginning Hawthorne s most lucrative period When he delivered the final pages to Fields in February 1850, Hawthorne said that some portions of the book are powerfully written but doubted it would be popular In fact, the book was an instant best seller though, over fourteen years, it brought its author only 1,500 Its initial publication brought wide protest from natives of Salem, who did not approve of how Hawthorne had depicted them in his introduction The Custom House A 2,500 copy second edition of The Scarlet Letter included a preface by Hawthorne dated March 30, 1850, that stated he had decided to reprint his introduction without the change of a word The only remarkable features of the sketch are its frank and genuine good humor As to enmity, or ill feeling of any kind, personal or political, he utterly disclaims such motives The Scarlet Letter was also one of the first mass produced books in America In the mid nineteenth century, bookbinders of home grown literature typically hand made their books and sold them in small quantities The first mechanized printing of The Scarlet Letter, 2,500 volumes, sold out within ten days, and was widely read and discussed to an extent not much experienced in the young country up until that time Copies of the first edition are often sought by collectors as rare books, and may fetch up to around 18,000 USD.



The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

Hester walked across the room She stepped upon her left foot, her right foot, and then her left foot again One wonders, why doth she, in this instance of walking across the room, begin her journey upon the left foot and not the right Could it be her terrible sin, that the devil informeth the left fo... (Sign in to see more)

Heather Lei

The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

The story, not bad The style, unreadable Here is who I would recommend this book to people who like sentences with 4 or 5 thoughts, and that are paragraph length so that they are nearly impossible to understand because by the time the end, of the sentence, has been reached the beginning, and whateve... (Sign in to see more)


The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

I found my old high school review of this book Here s a little bit of my assessment Apologiese in advance If there is a hell, Hawthorne is the devil s sidekick, and the first thing you re given after the stark realization that you re in hell, on fire, and this is going to last forever is this book A... (Sign in to see more)

Eddie Watkins

The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne


Sean Barrs the Bookdragon

The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

Behold, verily, there is the women of the Scarlet Letter and, of a truth, over, there is the likeness of the scarlet letter running alongside her Let s talk a little bit about self fulfilling prophecy If an entire community, and religious sect, brand a girl s mother as a sinner, whether ju... (Sign in to see more)


The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

oh god hawthorne is that perpetually needy manchild of a writer, you know the one who peers over your shoulder while youre trying to read and keeps pointing out the parts of his own writing that he finds particularly good and or moving yeah, see do you see see how i talked about how the rose is red,... (Sign in to see more)

Ahmad Sharabiani

The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel HawthorneThe Scarlet Letter A Romance, an 1850 novel, is a work of historical fiction, written by American author Nathaniel Hawthorne It is considered his masterwork Set in 17th century Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony, during the years 1642 to 1649, it tells the story ... (Sign in to see more)


The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

Actually, I ve read this book twice, the first time when I was in high school Reading it again after some thirty years, I was amazed at the amount of meaning I d missed the first time Most modern readers don t realize and certainly aren t taught in school that Hawthorne as his fiction, essays and jo... (Sign in to see more)

Peter Derk

The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

It s great to finally get back to the classics It s been far too long since I read a book with careful intensity, noting throwaway lines that are likely to show up on a multiple choice or short answer test that misses the main themes of a book entirely while managing to ask lots of questions like, I... (Sign in to see more)

Melissa Rudder

The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

This was my third time reading The Scarlet Letter The first time was during my junior year of high school I actually enjoyed it, though literature of the nineteenth century was such a mystery to me then that I shied away from the creaky long words and felt proud of myself for succeeding in me... (Sign in to see more)

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