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The Scarlet Letter (Penguin Classics) (original 1850; edition 1850)

by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Nina Baym (Introduction), Thomas E. Connolly (Notes)

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Title:The Scarlet Letter (Penguin Classics)
Authors:Nathaniel Hawthorne
Other authors:Nina Baym (Introduction), Thomas E. Connolly (Notes)
Info:Penguin Classics (2003), Trade Paperback
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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1850)

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While there was some interesting imagery, on the whole this novel just seemed to drag on and on. Besides, some of the Christian preaching between the lines was downright annoying. Save your time and read [b:Wuthering Heights|348914|Wuthering Heights|Emily Brontë|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1311647497s/348914.jpg|1565818] instead.
1 vote Frenzie | Feb 19, 2014 |
I enjoyed this short work more for its insights into the Puritan community (albeit overplayed) and lessons about humanity than for the quality of its writing. While the basic story is interesting, in my opinion Hawthorne's character development is remarkably weak. At times I felt as if I were reading a children's novel. That said, like it or not, this is considered a classic hence is worth the read. ( )
  la2bkk | Jan 13, 2014 |
Read this in High School and Just LOved it. ( )
  Strawberryga | Dec 28, 2013 |
A compelling story of Puritanistic values, a judgmental community, and a heroine who gains the reader's sympathy and respect as an outcast in a society where she shines in the face of adversity. ( )
  kesser | Dec 25, 2013 |
I had been reluctant to read this classic novel for years, but I found as I got into it that I really enjoyed it. Hawthorne paints a vivid portrait of a society obsessed with sin. Hester Prynne, a young mother, is forced to wear the letter A on her breast to display to everyone the sin of adultery she committed and of which her daughter Pearl was the result. The return of her husband, just as Hester's humiliation is at its peak, sets him on a path of revenge to seek out her lover. Dark motives abound in this novel, while Hester, the most outwardly obvious sinner, appears nearly endowed with virtue in contrast. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Dec 20, 2013 |
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No one who has taken up the Scarlet Letter will willingly lay it down till he has finished it; and he will do well not to pause, for he cannot resume the story where he left it. He should give himself up to the magic power of the style, without stopping to open wide the eyes of his good sense and judgment, and shake off the spell; or half the weird beauty will disappear like a dissolving view. To be sure, when he closes the book, he will feel very much like the giddy and bewildered patient who is just awaking from his first experiment of the effects of sulphuric ether. The soul has been floating or flying between earth and heaven, with dim ideas of pain and pleasure strangely mingled, and all things earthly swimming dizzily and dreamily, yet most beautiful, before the half shut eye. That the author himself felt this sort of intoxication as well as the willing subjects of his enchantment, we think, is evident in many pages of the last half of the volume. His imagination has sometimes taken him fairly off his feet.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Nathaniel Hawthorneprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baym, NinaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Connolly, Thomas E.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dwiggins, W AIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Francisco, SellénTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gibson, FloNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harding, BrianEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hill, DickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marx, LeoForewordsecondary 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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The Scarlet Letter is about a woman who is an outcast in her community due to her child outside of her marriage. It is the story of her life and the life of her child as they are scorned for their sin while the father looks on blameless. This story is about dealing with guilt and seclusion.

I had heard this story for a while. My father always brought up the "A" that was sewn into Hester's dresses. And I think the story-line is really interesting, but I just didn't really like it. There were whole chapters that I felt were pointless. It was just a really slow read.
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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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