The Scarlet Letter (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

The Scarlet Letter (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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It is 1642 in Boston. Hester Prynne, dignified and silent, is led through prison doors to her public shaming by members of the Puritan town. Holding her illegitimate child to her breast, and bearing a bright scarlet letter “A” embroidered on her bodice, Hester must now struggle to create a new life for herself and her child within this censorious community.

     Though her husband is assumed dead, Hester’s relationship with the father of her child is considered illicit. She is truly penitent, but her real crime seems to be her unwillingness to disclose the identity of her lover. When her missing spouse reappears, reveals himself to her, and takes up residence in town under an assumed identity, Hester, her daughter, her disguised husband, and her clandestine lover are forced to abide in close quarters—leading quiet, anguished lives. But the secrets eat away at their keepers, and only the most resolute of this forsaken foursome will thrive.

     The Scarlet Letter met with widespread acclaim when it was published in 1850.

The novel explores the emerging transcendental movement and its core belief in a personal relationship with God, transplanted in the context of seventeenth-century Puritan society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781435160521
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 05/26/2015
Series: Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 637,939
File size: 705 KB

About the Author

Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1804 and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1825. He briefly engaged with the transcendental community at Brook Farm, which inspired his satirical novel The Blithedale Romance. A longtime resident of Concord, Massachusetts, he died while on a tour of the White Mountains in New Hampshire in 1864.

Date of Birth:

July 4, 1804

Date of Death:

May 19, 1864

Place of Birth:

Salem, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

Plymouth, New Hampshire


Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, 1824

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Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics The Scarlet Letter (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics Series) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful edition of this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is an amazing book! it presents hester pyrnne-a young woman struggling with her puriten socioty and it's views of her adulterous actions. Also, it is a story of the revenge of her husband upon the preacher who struggles with the guilt of his actions. all in all, this is a beautifully written classic and I would recommend it to anyone!
AnimeNerdBruh More than 1 year ago
Beautifully edition!
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TheOn3LeftBehind More than 1 year ago
I love this book, especially the Barnes and Noble leather-bound edition! It's a gorgeous book.  This is a fantastic work of fiction.  
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PartTimeBookWorm More than 1 year ago
Bought Used-Mildly Disappointed THIS REVIEW IS ONLY OF THE PHYSICAL BOOK ITSELF AND NOT THE STORY---DID NOT KNOW WHERE ELSE TO LEAVE THIS REVIEW This is a gorgeous, well-made edition of the book. I took a chance and bought it used from the site (DiscoverBooks on B&N), and after admiring the beautiful exterior of the book, found the ENITIRE interior of the book filled with red, blue and black ink marks and notes. Plus full paragraphs underlined in ink and/or highlighted in orange throughout. Super bummer! I ordered about 8 other used books through various sellers on Barnes and Noble that same day and was not disappointed with ANY of those purchases. I wish the condition of this particular book had been described as anything less than "Good" as the notes scrawled across the pages are so distracting and definitely rob the book of it's "Collector" value. I took a chance and it was a bad one. Just thought I would let anyone else considering buying used from this seller know what my experience was. Beautiful cover though!
Illagi More than 1 year ago
I hated this book as a teen force to read this tortures book. I try to re read it as an adult thinking it might of been teen bias that made me hated this book...nope! I still hated it! I found it boring and torture to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First of all, I loved reading The Scarlet Letter. This book was all about a women who committed adultery and had to deal with the consequences of that action. The book starts off describing the prison, and the big heavy wooden doors. It didn't explain anything about a crime that was committed. Then it explained a woman named Hester Prynne who walked out of the jail with a baby girl, Pearl, in her arms and headed toward the scaffold. A scaffold is a raised platform that’s in front of the whole town. There was a large scarlet and gold "A" that was on her chest. Everybody was staring at her, even the children were taunting her. From the "A" on her chest and the harsh words from others, it's obvious that the "A" must mean that she has committed adultery. It says that Hester had married a doctor, but he hadn't been to the town yet and no one believed that she was telling the truth. This stranger named Roger Chillingworth comes into town while Hester is on the scaffold. Later we find out that the guy is Hester Prynne's husband, but he changed his name so that no one would know. He becomes the physician of Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, who was gradually getting very ill. No one could figure out why he was sick, but many people thought that Satan was attacking him. Continuing in the book, we find out the real reason for Dimmesdale being ill. He was the man that had committed adultery with Hester. God was convicting him of his sin, because he didn't own up to what he did. Near the end of the book Hester plans to go on a ship with Dimmesdale to get away from the town. The minister finally goes on the scaffold with Pearl and Hester and admits his crime to the whole town. After that, he told Hester and Pearl goodbye and died. One huge theme in The Scarlet Letter is the difference between night and day. The events in the book are organized into things that are socially acceptable and those things that must happen secretly. Daylight exposes a person’s actions and makes them vulnerable to punishment. Night, however, hides activities that might not be accepted during the day. One good example for this is when Dimmesdale, Hester and Pearl all stood on the scaffold together. They would have never been able to do that in the daylight, because then everyone would know what Dimmesdale had done. Throughout the book, I got more into the book because I wanted to figure out what would happen next. I really liked that the book was suspenseful. Also, I could really feel how Hester was feeling, and how hard it would be to go through everything that she had too. With those things, I would definitely recommend someone to read this! This has changed my views on different topics in a good way. Some other books that I liked are all of the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling and the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer.
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