The Scarlet Letter (Barnes & Noble Signature Editions) [NOOK Book]

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It is 1642 in Boston. Hester Prynne, dignified and silent, is led through prison doors to her public shaming by members of the Puritan town. Holding her illegitimate child to her breast, and bearing a bright scarlet letter “A” embroidered on her bodice, Hester must now struggle to create a new life for herself and her child within this censorious community.

     Though her husband is assumed dead, Hester’s relationship with the father of her child is ...

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Overview

It is 1642 in Boston. Hester Prynne, dignified and silent, is led through prison doors to her public shaming by members of the Puritan town. Holding her illegitimate child to her breast, and bearing a bright scarlet letter “A” embroidered on her bodice, Hester must now struggle to create a new life for herself and her child within this censorious community.

     Though her husband is assumed dead, Hester’s relationship with the father of her child is considered illicit. She is truly penitent, but her real crime seems to be her unwillingness to disclose the identity of her lover. When her missing spouse reappears, reveals himself to her, and takes up residence in town under an assumed identity, Hester, her daughter, her disguised husband, and her clandestine lover are forced to abide in close quarters—leading quiet, anguished lives. But the secrets eat away at their keepers, and only the most resolute of this forsaken foursome will thrive.

     The Scarlet Letter met with widespread acclaim when it was published in 1850.

The novel explores the emerging transcendental movement and its core belief in a personal relationship with God, transplanted in the context of seventeenth-century Puritan society.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435141254
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 11/1/2012
  • Series: Barnes & Noble Signature Editions
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 130,799
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1804 and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1825. He briefly engaged with the transcendental community at Brook Farm, which inspired his satirical novel The Blithedale Romance. A longtime resident of Concord, Massachusetts, he died while on a tour of the White Mountains in New Hampshire in 1864.

Biography

Nathaniel Hathorne, Jr., was born into an established New England puritan family on Independence Day, 1804, in Salem, Massachusetts. After the sudden death of his father, he and his mother and sisters moved in with his mother's family in Salem. Nathaniel's early education was informal; he was home-schooled by tutors until he enrolled in Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

Uninterested in conventional professions such as law, medicine, or the ministry, Nathaniel chose instead to rely "for support upon my pen." After graduation, he returned to his hometown, wrote short stories and sketches, and chanced the spelling of his surname to "Hawthorne." Hawthorne's coterie consisted of transcendentalist thinkers, including Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. Although he did not subscribe entirely to the group's philosophy, he lived for six months at Brook Farm, a cooperative living community the transcendentalists established in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.

On July 9, 1942, Hawthorne married a follower of Emerson, Sophia Peabody, with whom he had a daughter, Una, and a son, Julian. The couple purchased a mansion in Concord, Massachusetts, that previously had been occupied by author Louisa May Alcott. Frequently in financial difficulty, Hawthorne worked at the custom houses in Salem and Boston to support his family and his writing. His peaceful life was interrupted when his college friend, Franklin Pierce, now president of the United States, appointed him U.S. consul at Liverpool, England, where he served for four years.

The publication of The Scarlet Letter in 1850 changed the way society viewed Puritanism. Considered his masterpiece, the novel focuses on Hawthorne's recurrent themes of sin, guilt, and punishment. Some critics have attributed his sense of guilt to his ancestors' connection with the persecution of Quakers in seventeenth-century New England and their prominent role in the Salem witchcraft trials in the 1690s.

On May 19, 1864, Hawthorne died in Plymouth, New Hampshire, leaving behind several unfinished novels that were published posthumously. He is buried at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts.

Author biography from the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of The Scarlet Letter.

Good To Know

Hawthorne's birth name was actually Nathaniel Hathorne. It's rumored that he added a "w" to avoid being associated with his Puritan grandfather, Judge Hathorne -- who presided over the Salem Witch Trials.

Among Hawthorne's peers at Maine's Bowdoin College: author Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Franklin Pierce, who would later become the country's 14th president.

In its first week of publication, The Scarlet Letter sold 4,000 copies.

Hawthorne died on May 19, 1864, at the Pemigewasset House in Plymouth, New Hampshire. Ironically, former president Franklin Pierce had advised him to go there for his health.

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

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  • Posted December 9, 2009

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    "The Letter A Gules"

    I moaned, groaned, and complained about reading The Scarlet Letter for a literature class, but as I turned the first page, my attention was seduced. The writing itself is very unique in its style. Mostly, the chapters critically analyze the characters therin, delving into the abyss of thought. As well as displaying a fantastic portrayal of Puritan society, the symbols, the emotions, and the dialogue are masterful. The Scarlet Letter is well-wriiten, thought-provoking, and definitly a book that should continue to be read.

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2010

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    Well I can cross this off my list!

    Well I finally finished The Scarlet Letter. I have to admit it was slow to begin, but then the mystery of who was the father was caught my interest. I did figure it out before the book confirmed it, but I have to admit it was the mystery I liked best. The writer did his job, I thought her husband was a jerk which I would guess was the writers intent. I guess the only reason why I read it was because it was on the classic list, and it did stand the test of time for it to remain in today's society, but who am I to judge?!?!?!?

    11 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2009

    OMG, worst book ever!

    I couldn't believe how monumentally dull this book was. I have never almost puked from boredom, but it almost happened while reading this book. The plot isn't actually bad, but it's the romantic style of writing, common in that time, which just kills me.

    10 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

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    A great classic

    I read at least one classic each summer - some are good and some are actually as bad as I remember from High School. But I really enjoyed the Scarlet Letter.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2009

    Get the entire plot in the prolog

    The first 17 pages of this particular version of Scarlet Letter is basically a "Cliff-Note" version of the book. Try not to read through it, otherwise you'll have no reason to read the actual novel. I read through the rest of the book, skipping through pages because, well, I already knew what was going to happen.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2010

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    The Scarlett Letter Book Review
    The novel The Scarlet Letter is based in the Puritan past in Boston. It starts off with Hester Pyrenne is being led to the town prison for committing adultery with her month old daughter named Pearl cradled in her arms.
    The story behind this flashback starts when her husband sent her ahead to Boston (suspected to arrive later) then, never arrived as he promised Hester.  Meanwhile Hester was waiting for her husband to arrive to Boston, (out of helplessness without a husband) she had a baby with an unidentified man (to the reader) which she won't tell the jury while on her trial. After this account, Hester then falls in love with yet another man named Minister Dimmsdale that is trying to save her and her baby from being sentenced to death for commiting adultery. Hester and the Minister Dimmsdale are both united because, they mysteriously have a scarlet letter imprinted on their chests.  If you liked the beginning then, Im sure you would enjoy reading this story.
      The story is a bit hard to read because, the prolouge is so long. To me it seemed worthless to read the entire 40 page long prolouge. It only explains about how the book came to be and facts about the author. It feels like there is an autobiography first of the author then, the story. I didn't enjoy this part of the book
    The mystery unravels as you keep reading. If you like reading about the past and mysteries unraveling, you will enjoy this book. It does get a bit complicated with the names along the ways so I would suggest to take notes for your own benefit.  I did not enjoy this book as much as I could have because, the way it is written is very distracting and hard to follow. I also do not enjoy reading books based in the past. If you find yourself tastes similar to mine I would suggest not reading this book.
    The book also did seem intresting to me in some ways when I finally did some research on what I was actually reading (because, I was very confused in some parts by the way it was written) The intresting part about the book that I did enjoy was that the author explains secret societies and their sophistication even in past times( when we think now that they couldn't be modernized) to be discovered later in time.

    8 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2008

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    Years later, I can appreciate!

    As a required read in high school, which was quite some time ago, I had to read this story and if I needed a quick nap all I needed to do was pull out Scarlet Letter. Many years later I read it again. I knew there was a reason that Hawthorne had this grip on me. His writing is so dark, yet wonderfully illuminating. No one utilizes symbols better than Hawthorne. The idea that Hester lives on the edge between the city and the woods is a great example of how that represents her situation. It's absolutley brilliant. Also, there has to be a connection to Hawthorne's anguish through the character of Pastor Dimmesdale. The idea of living with so much guilt in a community that was intolerant of 'mortal' sins reveals the soul of Hawthorne and the quiet cry of a man tortured with his past. <BR/>I would highly recommend other stories of his, novels or short stories, in order to better understand his anguish and desire for perfection. Once I read other stories it made this novel so much easier to understand. This is on level with Romeo and Juliet without the feud.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2012

    ????

    What is with yall? Those arent reviews... and the whole i dont speak spanish/english... yall are freaks... i dont speak freak. If your gonna write a review actually write a review dont have convos...

    This book is good but a little confusing you have to really be focused to read it.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    Not the original

    I had to read a banned or previously banned/challenged book for class, I chose this book to do the report on, however as I was doing the report I realized that this version definitely is not at all like the original. So if you're looking for the original make sure you choose a different book. There is chapters cut out and sentences changed to edit it so it's not banned anymore. The original is a great book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2009

    This is not a classical book.

    Why is this book considered one of the classical texts? It is written in old style english, which is very difficult to understand. Also, the story is much to be desired. The women commits adultry, and she is forced to wear letter "A" on her dress. A book is considered classical when it portrays culture of the society properly. This book shows negative values of the society. Since in western culture such action is done often, it clearly shows that western culture has no culure.

    I DO NOT recommend this book at all.

    3 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    very disappointing!

    I am very disappointed with this book and wish I could return it!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    Stop with the conversation

    Seriously.

    2 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    Dusk

    Dang I don't know hardly anyone here. ;-; -Dusk

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Whitefang Kato Davis-Foret to Everybody. Well, I've been caugh

    Whitefang Kato Davis-Foret to Everybody.

    Well, I've been caught on my sister's nook. My mother grounded me from my nook for the rest of the summer. I don't know when i'll be back, but I will be. I'm now in Arizona. v-v If you want to contact me, my number is 832-614-5267, call or text. I will have mins tomorrow. My facebook is Jade Massey Fang. Stalkers, Creepo Deepos, and Crazy Cat Ladies, go away. Nobody wants you. Anywho, don't believe any Imposters, unless they have proof that they are me. When I get my nook back, I will post at ALL of my private books, so use that as a little bit of proof. I most likely won't be back until August 3rd. I don't know. Jasper, I love you with all of my heart, but I understand if you find someone else... Storm, you are my dearest and bestest friend and I love you so freakin' much. I doubt that i'll be forgotten, but who knows. I love each and every one of my friends and family. Caledarin, Cyrus, Williams, Wolfieir, Saphire, Kate, Alexandria, Danielle, Sparrow, Tag, Swag, and all of my other siblings, you make me proud to call you my family. Greece, Raechel, Briana, Sam, Luna, Logan, Xavier, Ryan, Batu, Calla, Taylor, Gale, Bree, Courtney, Brooke, Kevin, Sebastian, and everyone else who are my friends, i'm glad I can call you my friends. I love you all. Have a great summer and don't forget me. If you do, I understand. And please note, i'm not quitting. I'm just grounded. :/ My mother sucks ass. Hairy monkey ass. Anywho, bai. For now, atleast. ~Fang.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    They are not going to allow any more posts on the NOOKs. You wil

    They are not going to allow any more posts on the NOOKs. You will only be able to post off of the Internet. So, for most, roleplay has come to an end. Goodbye, Scarlet Letter.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    Princess Zelda to anybody                                      

    Princess Zelda to anybody                                                                                                                                                                                                       Has Lacy been on lately? I haven't been on myself either, so please let me know.-looks at time- DAM! It's already 7:30am?! Bleh, I have to go really soon..

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2014

    Memorial

    To the once greatest rp in th rp world that eventually succummbed to the inevitable fate of decline. R.I.P Scarlet letter rp

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Kharis to Steven/Xavier, Hey there. I miss you. Cali texted me a

    Kharis to Steven/Xavier,
    Hey there. I miss you. Cali texted me and said you're doing alright and I hope that's true. My parents are away I and I wanted to tell you how much I miss you. I know you probably hate me by now and the thought kills me but you have good reason to. I abused our relationship and I beg your forgivness for that, and just for how awful I was to you. I wish I could just take it all back....My heart still belongs to you though. You will always be the boy I loved the most and you will always have a very special place in my heart. Whoever took the place in your heart that I so revoltingly abused is one heck of a lucky gal and I hope she knows it. Thank you for putting up with me for so long and being the best person to me. I know you probably don't want to hear it but I love you Steven. Forever and always.
    Eternily yours
    Nxy

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Courtney

    How are chu?*huggles* xD I'm in meh huggy mood :D

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    GR

    *looks up at the sky* "A Hollow......" *eats his soul candy. He takes his zanpakto out and stabs his mask and the Hollow dissapears* -GR

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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