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Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic American story of Hester Prynne, accused of adultery, ostracized by her Puritan community, and abandoned by both her lover and her husband

The story opens in Puritan Boston, a settlement only fifteen or twenty years old. A young woman stands on a scaffold clasping a three-month-old baby. As a married woman with a missing husband and a new baby, Hester Prynne could have been sentenced to death for the crime of adultery. Instead she is condemned to always wear the letter A as a badge of her shame. As she stands there, she sees her long-missing husband, who has been held captive by Indians. While the town chorus is murmuring against her and her old and unattractive husband stares silently at her, the young and handsome clergyman publicly demands the name of her partner in crime—while desperately praying that she won't reveal him.

The Scarlet Letter rightfully deserves its stature as the first great novel written by an American, the novel that announced American literature equal to any in the world.

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Published on December 1, 1995 by Harcourt School
ISBN-10: 0030514975
ISBN-13: 9780030514975
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  • redheadperson22
    redheadperson22Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 6:04 am
    What I thought of it: Well, I haven't finished it and I'm not sure if I'm going to. The plot is beyond stupid. So is everything else. I pretty much just skimmed some parts because it was just them going on and on about nothing. And I couldn't understand some of what they were saying, but I expected that. Overall, it's not good.
    • cora123
      cora123Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 10:39 am
      does it really stink that bad
      • heavenly123
        heavenly123Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 3:41 pm11 star
        This book stinks, too many big words :/ have to read it for school
        • teacher_1433
          Cindy BitzerTuesday, December 27, 2011 at 7:46 am
          A very thoughtful book.