The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel HawthorneThe Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Scarlet Letter

byNathaniel Hawthorne

Mass Market Paperback | May 1, 2004


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Set two centuries before Hawthorne’s own time, The Scarlet Letter follows heroine Hester Prynne who is compelled by her Puritan society to wear a scarlet letter ‘A’ on her clothes as a symbol of her sin: adultery. Accompanied by colorful and flawed characters, including the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale who broods over a long-hidden secret, and Hester’s husband Roger Chillingsworth who thirsts for vengeance, The Scarlet Letter, America’s first psychological novel, is a masterpiece that explores humanity’s unending struggles with pride, sin, and guilt.

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Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on July 4, 1804 in Salem, Mass. When Hawthorne was four years old, his father died. Years later, with financial help from his maternal relatives who recognized his literary talent, Hawthorne was able to enroll in Bowdoin College. Among his classmates were the important literary and political figures Horatio...
Title:The Scarlet LetterFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 1.1 inPublished:May 1, 2004Publisher:Simon & SchusterLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0743487567

ISBN - 13:9780743487566

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not for me Written well just not my type of read. I felt as if it was all character development and nothing happens.
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pleasantly Surprised I was pleasantly surprised when I read the Scarlet Letter. I expected a book full of lust and jealousy, but it was entirely the opposite. It was about humility, truth and forgiveness.
Date published: 2018-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic Read This is such an interesting book! While reading the book and analyzing many of the features of the novel, Hawthorne is proven to be an amazing author.
Date published: 2018-03-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A nice read, but a bit over hyped Overall I did enjoy this book. I loved the author's use of language and his exploration of the themes about sin, redemption and guilt. However I found this book over hyped. It is good, but not a great read. I've read lots of literature classics from Tolstoy to Dickens and in comparison to these other classics I don't think its of the same category. Worth reading once in order to understand it in its place in our culture but not worthy of second reading.
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic really enjoyed this - great book
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic really enjoyed this - great book
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story The long-winded writing style is classic and a prime example of the style of the time. Sometimes you have to set the book down to gather your thoughts, question why you are reading it, you may even fall asleep. It is a good book though, the story is fantastic, hold on tight Newt, this isn't going to be an easy ride.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dull It was such a drag I couldn't even finish reading it.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommended This was a great read with a worthwhile message as well as plenty of literary devices.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Re-read it for the 8th time I read this book back when I was in high school and a few times after that. After cleaning out my house I found the book again and founding myself reading it for yet another time. Never gets old!
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still a Great Novel I first read this book 19 years ago while a freshman in university. I loved it then, and still love it now. This is still one of my favorite books of all time. This time, I found myself totally engrossed in the characterization of Pearl & Hester and how the mother & daughter interacted. I did discover that Chillingworth's plan for revenge probably could have been a little more heinous, but the book is a classic for a reason. I won't give away the ending, but it was completely unexpected (at least the first time around, LOL). Apparently, so the story goes, Hawthorne's own wife hated the ending, but she couldn't have been much of a book critic.
Date published: 2012-08-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A classic for a good reason The fictional story of Hester Prynne raising her child, Pearl, in a puritan Boston in the 1850s, and having to wear an "A" on her chest for all to see her sin of adultery. Hester does not reveal with whom she has committed this crime. Other important characters are Roger Chillingworth, whom lives up to his name,being the most hateful and monstrous of characters, and Reverend Dimmesdale who is troubled and seems to be hiding a secret. All in all, it's a great novel and, and for those uncertain, short. The load of description and old English dialogue does get tedious to read at times, but rarely boring. The jumps through several years and short chapters help the story move along quite nicely. Great read, especially for a feminist or anyone having seen the movie "Easy A" with Emma Stone.
Date published: 2012-01-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Absolute rip off - Chapters Indigo should be ashamed! Hi, Chapters Indigo emailed me and asked me what I thought about a recent purchase, so I thought I would share the following email discussion that I had with them concerning their gouging price on this title. I recommend you never buy anything at Chapters Indigo, if you can avoid it (I could not in this case). You should buy at email to customer service... Hello, I have to say I'm not impressed with Chapters on this purchase. The same product on costs $11.49 delivered (7.96 book cost, 2.48 shipping, some tax). It is $18.30 on . This is way out of alignment. I did order it on, but because this is needed for my daughter's school work, she needs it quickly, and in this case couldn't deliver quickly enough (please don't say "well that's what you're paying for at Chapters", because this has been the only time that has had a delayed delivery in the many products that I've ordered there). Clearly. I will continue to buy at but I thought it was important that you got this feedback. BTW, where on your website is the "contact us" link? I could not find that, and so I'm hoping this email is a good one to provide this commentary to. ... and this is the response I received...funny thing...I actually expected a rebate of shipping, or similar, to better align the two companies' prices - I never got it. Thank you for contacting Chapters Indigo Online regarding your recent email. We appreciate hearing from our customers and value the information and feedback that we receive. According to our records at the time you placed order the item cost was $9.95, shipping cost $7.48 and HST of $0.87 totaling $18.30, when there is only one item, this will be the shipping charges you will incur. Additionally, items are only charged to your credit card as they ship, so charges for orders that contain multiple items may be not be reflected on the same credit card statement. Please note that as you select Premium Shipping, you should expect to receive your order within 2-4 business days from the shipping date. We strive to offer our customers great value, we do not have an official “price-match” policy in place. If you require any additional assistance, please feel free to contact us. Thank you for choosing Chapters Indigo Online. Books, Music, Movies and More. Sincerely, Customer Service Team Chapters Indigo Online
Date published: 2011-05-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Well written, painfully slow Whether you've read this book or not, chances are you know what the story is about. Hester Prynne wears a scarlet letter on her chest as punishment for Adultery. She was sent over to New England before her husband, had an affair with an unknown member of society, and ended up with child. She wears the letter on her chest every day and her daughter, Pearl, sees this as normal. The book is well written and, I'm sure, an English teacher's dream. Never having done that well in English class myself, I can't say I really enjoyed it. I found it incredibly dry in places and sometimes wished Hawthorne would stop babbling and just get to the point already. Point in case, Hawthorne wrote a 46 page introduction to the novel, for a 275 page book! People say this is a novel of everlasting love but I didn't see it that way. How could two people that love each other so much go seven years without talking to each other, regardless of their circumstances? Needless to say, this is not my favourite book in the world and I don't think I'll pick up any Hawthorne books in the future.
Date published: 2009-09-04