The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter

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First published in 1850, The Scarlet Letter is a classic work by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Set in a Puritan society, it tells the story of Hester Prynne as she is punished and publicly shamed for having a child outside of wedlock.
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  • Barbara Sandoval
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "The Scarlet Letter is just a classic, and sadly still relevant today. The book I believe everyone should read. "
  • Kenneth Bowman
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This classic was the perfect novel to give to my niece who is a young expecting mother. I hope that the lessons taught in it can help her out, even if it might be too late for her."
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  • Lawrence West
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "The Scarlet Letter is a classic book about a time where society was super conservative and unaccepting of various things based on religious grounds. The things Hester Prynne had to go through are both tragic and heartbreaking due to things I mentioned before which makes The Scarlet Letter one of the best tragic and heartbreaking stories of all time in my opinion."
  • Jordan Bailey
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "The Scarlet Letter is a relatable book for many young families nowadays. It engages the reader into a puritan society and all of the hardships one faced when having a child out of wedlock in that day and age. Fantastic book which I reccomend to everyone!"
  • Carolyn Garza
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This is not a book that would help anyone prep for the SAT. While it is a great book, it does not apply to this genre."
  • Deborah Alexander
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "The Scarlet Letter is a classic read that I think everyone should read at least once during school. It is a great book for teachers to assign students to read. Although it may not have been my favorite book I was assigned to read in school, it was good to read and our class had many discussions about it."
  • Janet Adams
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "The Scarlet Letter is a book that is still assigned in high schools and colleges across this great land, and probably around the world. Some people have called it the first psychological novel, and one of the most interesting things about this novel is how much it makes you think about the motivations of the characters. And of course, the themes of sin, punishment, and redemption never get old. Some readers may have a problem getting through Hawthorne's prose. Stick with it, it's worth it to read this great book."
    Jane Scott
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This is a great read and i recommend everyone read it at least once but when i got this in the mail it was all bent up and the pages looked like they'd gotten wet. I would not buy from this seller again."
  • Teresa Burton
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This is truly a great classic! I first read it in college and have read it numerous times since. I love how she built her characters and had them come to life on the pages. "
  • Arthur Morris
    Written on February 28, 2018
    "It's been several years since I first read The Scarlet Letter and I have to say there's a good reason for that. The American classic is just a slog, nothing especially enjoyable and the characterizations are shallow and poorly developed. Unless you're forced to read this for a class, I'd avoid it."
  • Tomás Navarrete
    Written on March 11, 2018
    "This Book is a great book. The NO FEAR series is wonderful, the two versions of the book makes the book easier to read and understand. I think this book has a great value to read. "
  • Brian Walker
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "It's a book with an interesting lesson. America is too puritanical. We need to let people live! I don't want people to shame others like in this book."
  • Shreyas Venkatesan
    Written on March 3, 2018
    "This was one of the tougher books to read in high school, and one of the least enjoyable at the time. Although it was a tough read it is well written and thought-provoking. Hawthorne paints a very detailed picture and gives a glimpse into a community vastly different than what an average person in the modern age would have experience with."
  • Jason Lucas
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I recently had a class in American literature and was tasked with reading the "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Now, I've heard a lot of good things about this book prior to reading it as it is considered an American classic but I wasn't convinced and I felt a little intimidated almost. However, after reading it, I can honestly say that the praise this book gets is well placed and definitely earned. I feel that all Americans owe it to themselves to read this amazing classic. The only problem here is that the language is a bit tricky to get through at times, especially if you don't have a lot of experience with older literature. Even if you have issues with the language, I encourage you to stick with it as you'll really be in for a treat by the end of it."
  • Daniel Castro
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This is a story you really should read just for the knowledge and history of it. Compared to todays society its black and white."
  • James Ryan
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Yes I like this is one of the best must-read early American novels. It s packed with so much drama. I love it. I read it at a book club I used to go to and enjoyed it a lot, This brings back nostalgia and I would like to start a book club now"
  • Edison Meng
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This is a great book for people entering college. It gives the story of a Puritan society that punishes someone that deem having bad behavior."
  • Brandon Hill
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I love that this book comes in both audiobook and kindle formats. It's a true classic, and a must read for everyone."
  • Susan Ray
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This was one of my first introductions to Hawthorne, an author that I have lionized throughout my life. Unlike many high school students, I loved this book. (I just love everything Hawthorne). But there's no way around it, it has been so influential. The way we stigmatize people, crime, and even messages about the sexuality of women. This book has influenced generations to think about that. And, of course, Hawthorne is known for his insistence that we evaluate our 'Puritan' past, and come to terms with its hypocrisy. "
  • Nicole Ferguson
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I tend to get scared when reading classic literature. I fear I will not understand the language, what makes the characters, and the subtle undertones that make these books so immortal. The Dover Thrift Study Edition makes everything so easy to understand while still giving the reader a chance to find their own way through the text. The book itself is in the front, but the back holds character descriptions as they come in, chapter (or chapters) summaries and then an analysis of what has happened and what it means in the bigger picture. Whenever I must read a classic my go to is to see if they have it in a Dover Thrift Study Edition. It makes my life so much easier and I also get so much more out of the book than if I had just read it alone."
  • Howard Miller
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This version of THE SCARLET LETTER is a good option, particularly on Kindle because it is free. Other options such as paperback are reasonably priced. The publisher has added expert commentary. "
  • Kimberly Hoffman
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "A true classic! I read this book in high school and was somewhat entertained. It wasn't until I went back years later that I truly grasped the quality and brilliance of this novel. Makes me think I need to give other high school reading assignments another try!"
  • Arthur Baker
    Written on March 4, 2018
    "This is a classic romance novel that will make you fall in love with. I love the romance, passion and the mystery that shows the true strength of the characters. I really enjoyed reading this book and I would recommend it. "
  • Victoria Deng
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "The Scarlet Letter is an absolutely fantastic book. Even though it was written in 1850, it still holds up today. It's a story about a woman who gets socially ostracized for going against the norm and brutally psychologically punished for doing so. It helps us to see that treating people differently for something that doesn't involve us is absolutely ridiculous and teaches a good life lesson."
  • Ramiro Barajas
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The scarlet Letter is one of the most decorated books ever written. its defiantly a must read before you die!"
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