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The Scarlet Letter Paperback – November 18, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1936594276 ISBN-10: 1936594277

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  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Tribeca Books (November 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936594277
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936594276
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (480 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,170,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 8 Up-Actress Elizabeth McGovern reads this acceptable abridgement with precise, clear diction. Her expressive voice is pleasant, effectively using breath sounds and pauses to recreate dramatic moods. Her usually quick tempo keeps the text from being ponderous, but it can be slower when necessary. Given the time period of the original work, her formal tone is appropriate. Her speech changes slightly for the different characters, but there is not much dialogue. The abridgement retains the continuity of the story. Consider purchasing this version for special education students who can't handle the longer, original text.-Claudia Moore, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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Novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne, published in 1850. It is considered a masterpiece of American literature and a classic moral study. The novel is set in a village in Puritan New England. The main character is Hester Prynne, a young woman who has borne an illegitimate child. Hester believes herself a widow, but her husband, Roger Chillingworth, returns to New England very much alive and conceals his identity. He finds his wife forced to wear the scarlet letter A on her dress as punishment for her adultery. Chillingworth becomes obsessed with finding the identity of his wife's former lover. When he learns that the father of Hester's child is Arthur Dimmesdale, a saintly young minister who is the leader of those exhorting her to name the child's father, Chillingworth proceeds to torment the guilt-stricken young man. In the end Chillingworth is morally degraded by his monomaniacal pursuit of revenge; Dimmesdale is broken by his own sense of guilt, and he publicly confesses his adultery before dying in Hester's arms. Only Hester can face the future bravely, as she plans to take her daughter Pearl to Europe to begin a new life. --The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature

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I read this book my senior year of high school but this time was different.
Gabook
Spoiler Alert(but not giving the book away): The end has a nice little twist that is hard to see coming, but overall it is a very dry read.
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I would highly recommend this book for reading to anyone who truly enjoys a serious and good novel.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By "rethie" on February 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed reading The Scarlet Letter. I was not forced into by a Literature teacher; I picked it up on my own because I heard it was a great American classic; and, indeed, I have to agree. It is truly timeless. It has been almost five years since I have read this book and I can remember the scenes and words so vividly. Hawthorne's dizzying imagery provides an adventure into the life of a Puritan woman, Hester Prynne, that one does not soon forget.
Hester, practically abandoned by her husband is left to take care of herself in a lonely new world. She is flesh and bone with desires and passions like any other human being. Hester commits adultery and is found out by a cruel, judging community. She must wear a Scarlet A on the front of her dress; A for Adultery. Hester refuses to give the name of her lover Dimmesdale so he goes free and untouched by the damning society, but must face the tortures of his own conscience.
Hester is humiliated and must suffer the consequences for her actions but she is not a broken woman. She stands, brave.
Dimmesdale comes through in the end and admits his role in the dangerous game. Hawthorne takes the readers on a spinning ride to get to this point. Read it and know the exact ending for yourself. I recommend it; highly.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Reader2307 on June 26, 2013
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Skip the author's letter in the beginning and jump right into the story! The letter is self-indulgent and it didn't add anything to the experience of reading the story. The Scarlet Letter is much easier to read than most classics so don't be put off by its classic status. Unlike most classics it is written in a no-frills manner which gives you a better chance to connect with the characters and to get to the crux of the story. I particularly enjoyed how well developed the characters were and how you could understand each of their motives, desires and problems. The book is an interesting mix of sex, religion and revenge. Although not the focus of the book it was also interesting to see how real the fear of witchcraft was.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Craig C. Krueger on July 25, 2013
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I am reading, now as an adult, all the books I was supposed to have read and understood to expand my mind in high school and college. My goodness, what I have missed!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By AmarasMama on January 7, 2009
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Although I am not the biggest Hawthorne fan, this particular copy is very extensive in that it includes both the text and several critical essays which examine many theoretical aspects of the text (ie: feminist theory, psychoanalytic theory..etc.) Good for those who enjoy Hawthorne and would like a copy which provides additional insight into the text through critical essays. Good text for teaching.
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I am 80, and when I was in school, we always were taught what a great book The Scarlet Letter is. Of course, the subject matter was not fit for our tender ears in those days. I had never gotten around to reading the book and was so glad I did. It is heartbreaking and yet lovely at the same time. I enjoyed reading it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Annie D on February 12, 2009
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This edition of _The Scarlet Letter_ has excellent textual criticism. It is a great edition for teachers and students alike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By marmot on July 30, 2013
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I was very disappointed in this edition when I elected to teach from it with undergraduates, and, then, with a group of faculty from the University of Baghdad in Iraq whom I was defining current Western critical approaches. The text includes updated critical introductions by the editor, which are packed with information that is often highly abstract and complex for an undergraduate student who has no prior training in each critical theory. The essays selected to represent each approach in its reading of The Scarlet Letter are very outdated and by no means clearly illustrative of the complex critical theory to which they are appended. Bibliographies in each section do not go beyond the 90's. Selecting the category "Reader Response" is an outmoded term, and does not belong here. Perhaps "Narratology" instead with a recent illustrative essay. Can't for the life of me figure out why Brook Thomas's New Historicist essay has supplanted the work of Sacvan Bercovitch. Bercovitch's is a much better "thick description." There are recent essays also that would have been better selections. The "New Historicism" chapter would have been better called "cultural studies" in its modern transformation. I could not use this book to define any critical approach clearly; instead, it tended to confuse.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RhonJer on April 18, 2014
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The Scarlet Letter was a re-read for members of our bookclub - as our Classic for April. While only twelve members read and attended this month, it was a unanimous 5 stars for this classic novel that will forever be recognized as GREAT.
Besides Nathaniel Hawthorne's envious symbolism ability, this is a work filled with all imaginable scandal cleverly written in old English. When we debated what tagline to use, the above barely beat "Heartbreaking and so lovely you will never forget it!"

If you haven't read it, please do. The language is rough to comprehend in the beginning, but soon it wraps around you and you feel rewarded to the bone for having completed this masterpiece.
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