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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Scarlet Letter

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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9 Hrs.


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. In the process she cuts herself off from society - and her lover. Why won't Hester reveal her secret? The answer has much to do with guilt, passion, and repentance - timeless themes within a splendid story that has remained a literary classic for over a century.

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  • Published: 1982
  • Original Year Of Publication: 1849
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: T003694
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