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Publisher's Summary

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, a mother of such strength and stature that she towers over her progeny much as she does the citizens of Salem."

Public Domain (P)2011 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"[Nathaniel Hawthorne] recaptured, for his New England, the essence of Greek tragedy." (Malcolm Cowley)

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  • Jimmy
  • Douglasville, GA, United States
  • 06-12-11

Disappointed

This audio version of The Scarlet Letter does not contain The Custom House, Hawthorne's important introduction to his novel.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Jackie
  • Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
  • 06-19-12

Narrator was great! Story not so much...

Would you try another book from Nathaniel Hawthorne and/or Donada Peters?

I would love to listen to more narrations by Donalda Peters and have enjoyed a few of her other works. Not sure about Nathaniel...

Which scene was your favorite?

The ending

Was The Scarlet Letter worth the listening time?

yes, it's a classic and worth reading/listening,i did not enjoy the story.