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  • The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
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    The red letter A on her dress marks young mother Hester Prynne among her Puritan neighbors, who demand to know who fathered her child. Rumors swirl, but the shunned and shamed Hester keeps her secret - and his - for years, until a guilt-ridden confession reveals the truth, with unexpected consequences.

  • The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter

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    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
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    The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, magnum opus, tells the story of Hester Prynne, who gives birth two years after separation from her husband and is condemned to wear the scarlet letter A on her breast as punishment for her adultery. She resists all attempts of the 17th century Boston clergy to make her reveal the name of her child’s father while she struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity.

  • The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter

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    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
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    One of the most important novels in classic literature, Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter tackles the subject of adultery, with the notorious Hester Prynne at the forefront of the scandal in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. In the beginning of the novel, Hester is serving time in prison for having a child out of wedlock and is forced to wear a scarlet A on her clothing at all times, so she cannot run from her sin no matter where she goes.

  • The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter

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    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
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    Hester Prynne settles in a little town in Puritan-era Massachusetts while awaiting her husband's arrival from England. Hester becomes pregnant, exposing her sin in the eyes of the townsfolk. Her penalty: wearing an embroidered A on her bosom for the remainder of her life. When Hester's husband arrives in the town anticipating a joyous reunion with his young wife, he instead begins a cankering quest to uncover the father of Hester's child.

  • The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter

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    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
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    This powerful story of passion, adultery, honor, and repression caused a tremendous controversy in 1850 when it was published, because of its provocative subject matter. Set in Puritan New England, the novel begins with Hester Prynne, a young woman with an illegitimate baby daughter, leaving prison to face her scornful townsfolk. Forced to wear a scarlet letter "A" to remind people of her adultery, Hester obstinately holds her head high and refuses to reveal the father of her child.

  • The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
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    Nathaniel Hawthorne’s magnum opus exploring the themes of legalism, sin and guilt.

  • The Scarlet Letter (Dramatized) | Nathaniel Hawthorne,Thomas J. Cox

    The Scarlet Letter (Dramatized)

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    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne, Thomas J. Cox
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    Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic masterpiece The Scarlet Letter is set in 17th century Salem, Massachusetts, and concerns the public condemnation of Hester Prynne, who bears an illegitimate child. However, the story is not about adultery, nor is it specifically about sin. Rather it traces the effect of actual and symbolic sin on the mind and spirit of each character.

  • The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter

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    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
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    The novel traces the impact of a single, scandalous act on the lives of three community members: the tragic, defiant Hester Prynne, the tortured Reverend Dimmesdale and the vengeful Chillingsworth. A philosophical exploration of man's struggle with guilt, sin, and pride, Hawthorne's masterpiece remains a cornerstone of American literature.

  • The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter

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    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
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    It is 1642 in the Puritan town of Boston. Hester Prynne has been found guilty of adultery and has born an illegitimate child. In lieu of being put to death, she is condemned to wear the scarlet letter "A" on her dress as a reminder of her shameful act.

  • The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter

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    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
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    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.

  • The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
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    Considered his masterpiece, The Scarlet Letter is Hawthorne's story of Hester Prynne and her daughter, Pearl, conceived through an adulterous affair with a Puritan pastor in 17th century Boston. From start to finish, the book explores the themes of law, guilt, and sin. Since its appearance in 1850, this magnificent book has been a perennial favorite among young and old, though it was extremely controversial when it was first published.

  • The Scarlet Letter: CliffsNotes | Susan Van Kirk, M.Ed.

    The Scarlet Letter: CliffsNotes

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    The CliffsNotes study guide on Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter supplements the original literary work, giving you background information about the author, an introduction to the work, and commentaries, all for you to use as an educational tool that will allow you to better understand the work.

  • La Letra Escarlata [The Scarlet Letter] | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    La Letra Escarlata [The Scarlet Letter]

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    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
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    La apasionante historia de una mujer condenada a llevar sobre su ropa una A escarlata, por haber cometido adulterio, no solo era un agudo analisis de la sociedad seudo-moralista en que vivia el autor sino ademas una obra de argumento interesante, con un profundo retrato de personajes y cuya grandeza nadie ha discutido.

  • The Scarlet Letter Society: Scarlet Letter Society Series #1 | Mary T. McCarthy

    The Scarlet Letter Society: Scarlet Letter Society Series #1

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    • By Mary T. McCarthy
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    Meet Maggie, Eva, and Lisa, founders of The Scarlet Letter Society. Named as such due to their various infidelities, both physical and emotional, the SLS is their refusal to be shamed like Hester Prynne in Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic tale of forbidden longing. Maggie is twice divorced and juggling three lovers - one of whom is her first ex-husband. Eva is trapped in a loveless marriage and has turned to her young intern and a seductive French chef for satisfaction.

  • The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter

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    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
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    This is a troubling story of crime, sin, guilt, punishment and expiation, set in the rigid moral climate of 17th-century New England. The young mother of an illegitimate child confronts her Puritan judges. However, it is not so much her harsh sentence, but the cruelties of slowly exposed guilt as her lover is revealed, that hold the reader enthralled all the way to the book's poignant climax.

  • The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
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    In this book's introduction, an autobiographical account of the author's years as an American Custom House official, Hawthorne describes how he came across a parchment from which fell a fraying piece of fabric, fantastically embroidered and inscribed with the scarlet letter A. He found himself compelled to tell the story of its owner, Hester Prynne, a young English woman who had lived in 17th-century Boston at the time when Puritan extremism - that which led to the infamous witch trials of Salem - was at its height.

  • The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter

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    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
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    The Scarlet Letter is one of the great classics of American literature. Set in the harsh Puritan environment of the 17th century Boston, it describes the plight of Hester Prynne, an independent-minded woman who stands alone against society.

  • The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter

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    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
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    Set in the Puritanical society of 17th-century Boston, this novel tells the story of Hester Prynne, a married woman who has an affair and gives birth to a daughter. Hester refuses to name her lover, but when her estranged husband appears unexpectedly, he determines to discover the man's identity.

  • The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter

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    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Michael Learned
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    Written in the winter of 1849, The Scarlet Letter unfolds the story of Hester Prynne, a young woman branded as an adulteress in the harsh Puritan world of 17th-century New England. As Hester calls on her inner strength to transcend her shame, the scarlet letter ceases to be a stigma and finally becomes Hester's symbol of self-affirmation. This dramatic reading heightens the sense of lyric poetry that permeates every line of Nathaniel Hawthorne's great novel.

  • The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Donada Peters
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    A stark and allegorical tale of adultery, guilt, and social repression in Puritan New England, The Scarlet Letter is a foundational work of American literature. Nathaniel Hawthorne's exploration of the dichotomy between the public and private self, internal passion and external convention, gives us the unforgettable Hester Prynne, who discovers strength in the face of ostracism and emerges as a heroine ahead of her time. As Kathryn Harrison points out in her Introduction, Hester is "the herald of the modern American heroine...."

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