The Scarlet Letter
By Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Hester Prynne is a beautiful young woman, and an outcast. Everyone knows that her daughter, Pearl, is the product of an illicit affair, but no one knows who Pearl's father is.
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The Scarlet Letter
9780099529828
Vintage Digital
4 September 2008
EPUB
288
286.1 KB
16+ years (16-19)
EN
General & Literary Fiction
General/trade

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A defiant adulteress; a community of hypocrites who force her to wear a scarlet letter A around her neck as a badge of her shame; an evil husband, secretly stoking the fires of their moral fervour unt...
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Author Biography

Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on 4th July 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts. One of his descendants was John Hathorne who presided over the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Hawthorne's father died when he was four years old. He was educated at Bowdoin College where he became friends with the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. He published his first novel, Fanshawe in 1828 and after this his stories began to appear in periodicals. He in 1842 and he and his wife Sophia went on to have three children. He published his most famous work, The Scarlet Letter, in 1850, and in that same year he became friends with the novelist Herman Melville. Melville later dedicated Moby Dick to Hawthorne. Between 1853 and 1860 he lived in Liverpool in England while he was working as an American consul, and then in Italy, before returning to his home in Concord, Massachusetts. Nathaniel Hawthorne died on 19th May 1864.