The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter Book Details

By Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Category: Classics, Books, Fiction & Literature
  • Type: ebook
  • Release Date: 1850-12-30
  • Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Book Ratings: 4/5 (3,479 User Reviews)
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The Scarlet Letter Summary

An Apple Books Classic edition.


Hester Prynne lives in infamy. After committing adultery and bearing a child with a man whose name she refuses to divulge, the heroine of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel is forced to wear a scarlet A to mark her shame for all to see.


Hawthorne’s American classic reflects the Puritan mindset of Boston in the 1600s, where public humiliation was acceptable punishment for a woman who bucked the norms. Never mind that Hester’s husband was widely believed to have died at sea and that Hester and her daughter are living a quiet life of good deeds in their little cottage outside town. Someone wants revenge-and will stop at nothing to get it.


The Scarlet Letter incorporates supernatural elements with historical fiction. It’s a dark tale of sin and redemption with an unforgettable heroine whose story continues to fascinate readers and inspire film adaptations.

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