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The Scarlet Letter (Dover Thrift Editions) (original 1850; edition 1994)

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Title:The Scarlet Letter (Dover Thrift Editions)
Authors:Nathaniel Hawthorne
Info:Dover Publications (1994), Paperback, 192 pages
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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1850)

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    Waldstein: Fascinating interpretation. Very free and very different. Really an independent work of art. If not superior to the novel, certainly not inferior to it either. Good script, excellent cast, beautiful music.
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    alaskayo: Contains a lot of parallels between the two heroines. Acker's '77 novel also contains a scathing deconstruction of Hawthorne's the Scarlet Letter somewhere down the line. If you haven't heard of her, take note. She's worth the attention.
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I first read this over thirty years ago in high school. I read it again this year because my daughter is now reading it in high school, and I enjoy discussing her assigned reading with her. I really love the plot and characters, but the pacing is slow and the prose is painful at times. For me, trudging through the book again was made worthwhile by the penultimate chapter, "The Revelation of the Scarlet Letter." The interaction between the four main characters reaches its peak in a most satisfying manner.

Overall, I prefer the manga adaptation I read last year: [book:Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter|23332877]. ( )
  villemezbrown | Jul 28, 2018 |
Interesting how heavily this book has affected our views of Puritanism and the history of Massachusetts. Interesting how carefully structured the book itself was!

I think this story works best as a horror story, if only for how absolutely terrifying Pearl was in it. The book was fascinating, its interpretations even more so. I can see why it was a classic, and equally why so many highschoolers despise it... ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
I know it's a "classic", but I thought it was only average. ( )
  babs605 | Jun 1, 2018 |
Not my favorite classical novel but still very clear as to why it is considered a classic! ( )
  spellbindingstories | May 24, 2018 |
This is definitely a book worth reading. It raises excellent question about the role of society and what determines good versus evil. I read this book in high school, but I wasn't able to full appreciate it until I read it again in college. While I do recommend this book, I would also advise the reader to be willing to devote the time to give this novel a careful and thorough reading and to not just gloss through the slower parts. ( )
  Haneyhh | Apr 10, 2018 |
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Hawthorne, Nathanielprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baym, NinaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bonsanti, MarcellaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Coetzee, J. M.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Connolly, Thomas E.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cordelli, FrancoContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cox, James TrammellIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dwiggins, W AIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fernie, JohnIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Francisco, SellénTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gibson, FloNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harding, BrianEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hill, DickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hill, JamesCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Levin, HarryEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lonza, GiannaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Martin, John S.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Martini, Fausto MariaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marx, LeoForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pagetti, CarloContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stade, NancyIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tasso, BrunoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Valori, FrancescoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Valori, FrancescoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wauters, AnnieNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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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.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553210092, Mass Market Paperback)

Hailed by Henry James as "the finest piece of imaginative writing yet put forth in the country," Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter reaches to our nation's historical and moral roots for the material of great tragedy. Set in an early New England colony, the novel shows the terrible impact a single, passionate act has on the lives of three members of the community: the defiant Hester Prynne; the fiery, tortured Reverend Dimmesdale; and the obsessed, vengeful Chillingworth.

With The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne became the first American novelist to forge from our Puritan heritage a universal classic, a masterful exploration of humanity's unending struggle with sin, guilt and pride.

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Hester Prynne, a young wife in colonial New England, is sentenced to wear a scarlet "A" on her clothing, as a public acknowledgement of her sin of adultery.

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