The Scarlet Letter (Full Version)

The Scarlet Letter (Full Version)

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by Nathaniel Hawthorne
     
 

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The Scarlet Letter, published in 1850, is an American novel written by Nathaniel Hawthorne and is generally considered to be his magnum opus. Set in 17th-century Puritan Boston, it tells the story of Hester Prynne, who gives birth after committing adultery, refuses to name the father, and struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity.
Throughout the

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The Scarlet Letter, published in 1850, is an American novel written by Nathaniel Hawthorne and is generally considered to be his magnum opus. Set in 17th-century Puritan Boston, it tells the story of Hester Prynne, who gives birth after committing adultery, refuses to name the father, and struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity.
Throughout the novel, Hawthorne explores questions of grace, legalism, sin and guilt.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013561939
Publisher:
Hester Press
Publication date:
06/13/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
733 KB

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Meet the Author

Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on July 4, 1804, in Salem,
Massachusetts, where his birthplace is now a museum. William
Hathorne, who emigrated from England in 1630, was the first of
Hawthorne's ancestors to arrive in the colonies. After arriving,
William persecuted Quakers. William's son John Hathorne was one of
the judges who oversaw the Salem Witch Trials. (One theory is that
having learned about this, the author added the "w" to his surname
in his early twenties, shortly after graduating from college.)
Hawthorne's father, Nathaniel Hathorne, Sr., was a sea captain who
died in 1808 of yellow fever, when Hawthorne was only four years
old, in Raymond, Maine. Hawthorne attended Bowdoin College at the
expense of an uncle from 1821 to 1824, befriending classmates Henry
Wadsworth Longfellow and future president Franklin Pierce. While
there he joined the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Until the
publication of his Twice-Told Tales in 1837, Hawthorne wrote in the
comparative obscurity of what he called his "owl's nest" in the
family home. As he looked back on this period of his life, he
wrote: "I have not lived, but only dreamed about living." And yet
it was this period of brooding and writing that had formed, as
Malcolm Cowley was to describe it, "the central fact in Hawthorne's
career," his "term of apprenticeship" that would eventually result
in the "richly meditated fiction." Hawthorne was hired in 1839 as a
weigher and gauger at the Boston Custom House. He had become
engaged in the previous year to the illustrator and
transcendentalist Sophia Peabody. Seeking a possible home for
himself and Sophia, he joined the transcendentalist utopian
community at Brook Farm in 1841; later that year, however, he left
when he became dissatisfied with farming and the experiment. (His
Brook Farm adventure would prove an inspiration for his novel The
Blithedale Romance.) He married Sophia in 1842; they moved to The
Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts, where they lived for three
years. There he wrote most of the tales collected in Mosses from an
Old Manse. Hawthorne and his wife then moved to Salem and later to
the Berkshires, returning in 1852 to Concord and a new home The
Wayside, previously owned by the Alcotts. Their neighbors in
Concord included Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
July 4, 1804
Date of Death:
May 19, 1864
Place of Birth:
Salem, Massachusetts
Place of Death:
Plymouth, New Hampshire
Education:
Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, 1824

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The Scarlet Letter 3.8 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 562 reviews.
fon_addict58 More than 1 year ago
I read this book in high school and reread it last week. It is one of those novels that improves over time and experience of the reader. I highly recommend this for all adults who read this as teens. Go back and look at the story with the eyes of someone who has experienced love and loss. It will change the way you thought about this wonderful book.
Anna Shapovalova More than 1 year ago
This particular version of the book was not worth the penny. Each page could take up to a minute to turn, you couldn't change the font type or size, and there weren't chapter marks in the 'contents' section. Not a pleasant book to navigate. Could not bear it in the end and bought a new version.
yomamaFL More than 1 year ago
This book was one big waste of time. I thought I was downloading the actual book, but not one page of the original book was there, just a boring review and commentary of the times.
Bibliophile79 More than 1 year ago
This novel is considered to be one of the greats. Being an English Literature major, I felt I needed to read it. The synopsis is as follows: Hester Prynne, a woman living in Puritan New England, has had an affair with a man whose identity she refuses to reveal. From this union, Hester is impregnated, and the story opens on Hester holding the illegitimate child in her arms while standing on a scaffold in front of her entire town. As punishment for her adulterous act, Hester is sentenced to wear a large scarlet A on her breast for the rest of her life. As the rest of the story unfolds, the reader gains an understanding of Hester's true nature, as well as the nature of her child. This novel provides a clear view of life as a Puritan woman, yet I found it to be a bit "wordy" at times, often going off on tangents about nature or philosophy. By the end of the novel, I found myself not caring about any of the characters, even the child. Since this novel is taught in many high schools, perhaps I am missing something, and will read it again at a later time.
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sits on the ground
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is garbled in many places and does not correspond to its table of contents. Hard to read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"ethics" all res. ONE GOD PARENT ONLY
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Im chandler
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Storm was on? o.o
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS IS NOT A CHATROOM! STOP USING IT LIKE ONE! ITS FOR REVIEWS OF BOOKS!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She smiles and turns back to the rabbit, petting his ears.
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Anyone here.
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Hey, all. Howre things going here?
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"Hahaha awesome" *I laugh and eat a few marshmallows*
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Ello
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Walks away
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*stares at Xavier curiously and tilts head to side*
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Umm hi Jewelia? Watches the snow fall
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Bye bye
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Thanks! I owe you one.... whoever you are."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tehe. I be Pippin. *she disapoofs*