The Scarlet Letter

On this Day:

In 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter” was first published by Ticknor, Reed and Fields in Boston

The Scarlet Letter: A Romance is a work of historical fiction by American author Nathaniel Hawthorne, published in 1850. Set in Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony during the years 1642 to 1649, the novel tells the story of Hester Prynne, who conceives a daughter through an affair and then struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity. Containing a number of religious and historic allusions, the book explores themes of legalism, sin, and guilt.

The Scarlet Letter was one of the first mass-produced books in the United States. It was popular when first published and is considered a classic work today. It inspired numerous film, television, and stage adaptations. Critics have described it as a masterwork, and novelist D. H. Lawrence called it a “perfect work of the American imagination”.

First, a Story:

When they made Hester Prynne wear that big scarlet A…
it was capital punishment
Second, a Song:
VideoSparkNotes and state:
Check out Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter Video SparkNote: Quick and easy The Scarlet Letter synopsis, analysis, and discussion of major characters and themes in the novel. For more The Scarlet Letter resources, go to For a translation of the entire book into modern English, go to No Fear Literature at

Here is Video SparkNotes on The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.  I hope you enjoy this!


Thought for the Day:

“Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Dave & Colleen

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