The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter

A Penguin Enriched eBook Classic

Introduction by:
Editor: Monica E. Elbert
Notes by:
Notes by: Monica E. Elbert

  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781440656484
  • 272 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


A stark and allegorical tale of adultery, guilt, and social repression in Puritan New England, The Scarlet Letter is a foundational work of American literature. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s exploration of the dichotomy between the public and private self, internal passion and external convention, gives us the unforgettable Hester Prynne, who discovers strength in the face of ostracism and emerges as a heroine ahead of her time.

Enriched eBook Features Editor Monika Elbert provides the following specially commissioned features for this Enriched eBook Classic:

* Filmography

* Nineteenth-Century Reviews of The Scarlet Letter

* Chronology of Hawthorne’s Life and Times (with Images)

* Historical Time Line: Seventeenth-Century England and New England (Massachusetts Bay Colony)

* Witchcraft and The Scarlet Letter (with Images and Martha Corey’s Testimony)

* Puritan Pleasures and Punishments (with Images)

* Puritan Child Rearing and Puritan Children

* Puritan Fashion and The Scarlet Letter: The Good, the Bad, and the Bizarre (with Images)

* Hester Prynne and Nineteenth-Century Women’s Rights Movements

* Bibliography and Further Reading

* Images of The Scarlet Letter

* Enriched eBook Notes

The enriched eBook format invites readers to go beyond the pages of these beloved works and gain more insight into the life and times of an author and the period in which the book was originally written for a rich reading experience.


"[Nathaniel Hawthorne] recaptured, for his New England, the essence of Greek tragedy." –Malcolm Cowley
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