The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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19 Critic Reviews

...an extraordinary work of the imagination that burns from page to page with the fierce simplicity of scripture and an almost cinematic clarity of vision. The Scarlet Letter is an astounding book full of intense symbolism, as strange and haunting as anything by Edgar Allan Poe (No 10 in this series), a writer whom we know Hawthorne much admired.
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About Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Seymour Gross was Burke OíNeill Professor of American Literature at the University of Detroit until his retirement in 1987. He is co-author of American Literature Survey and Images of the Negro in American Literature, editor of A "Benito Cereno" Handbook and the Norton Critical Edition of The House of the Seven Gables, and the co-editor of the Norton Critical Edition of The Scarlet Letter, Third Edition.Rosalie Murphy is Associate Professor of English at the University of South Florida. She has taught at Sweet Briar College. She was the original editor of Contemporary Roots of the English Language.
 
Published August 24, 2014 by Flying Fish. 88 pages
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All: 19 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 7

Guardian

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Reviewed by Robert McCrum on Jan 04 2014

...an extraordinary work of the imagination that burns from page to page with the fierce simplicity of scripture and an almost cinematic clarity of vision. The Scarlet Letter is an astounding book full of intense symbolism, as strange and haunting as anything by Edgar Allan Poe (No 10 in this series), a writer whom we know Hawthorne much admired.

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BellaOnline

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Reviewed by Rebecca Graf on Jan 03 2015

This is a true classic that gives someone a glimpse into the world of Puritan colonial America and into the social and religious order it abided by. In addition to that, it gives one a glimpse into their own souls and has them pondering which character represents themselves.

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The Atlantic

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Reviewed by Julian Hawthorne on Sep 03 2014

...the author did not realize while he worked, that this "most prolix among tales" was alive with the miraculous vitality of genius...The plays live, the story is alive. A soul is in it; it is conceived on the spiritual plane.

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Break Point

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Reviewed by Katrina King on Jun 19 2014

“The Scarlet Letter” is a masterpiece that surely deserves its place in the canon of classic literature. The writing is beautiful, descriptive, and deep, albeit somewhat archaic and not always easy to read. Although the subject of adultery is intrinsic to the plot, it is never made explicit or graphic.

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http://www.uticaod.com

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on Sep 16 2013

I both loved it and found it tiresome. The story was captivating but the writing was archaic and I really feel that contemporary young readers will have a difficult time sticking with it.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by Youngbuck on Apr 30 2014

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a compelling novel in which a woman is scorned for life because she committed adultery...All sinned and all were impacted and punished in their own way.

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Teen Ink

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on Apr 30 2014

In The Scarlet Letter we uncover great sins that were committed by three of the main characters...This book is a good illustraiton of how sin can effect some ones life for the good or the worst.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by ktm125 on Apr 30 2014

The Scarlet Letter is a novel of many different perceptions...Mistress Prynne develops from someone who is audacious with no regrets to a more humble and remorseful character.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by koolaid-dragonwarrior on Jan 28 2014

Everything about this story, especially the ending, was exciting and extremely well written. The plot was well thought out and organized. Nathaniel Hawthorne is so incredibly skilled at describing each setting in the book that I felt as if I was in the story...

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by Trio123 on Jan 28 2014

The Scarlet Letter is suffering, a timeless and universal experience. Nathaniel Hawthorne embraced and utilized this concept to create a book that will undoubtedly be passed on to be read generation after generation.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by Bapalapa2 on Jan 27 2014

Hawthorne's writing is refreshing and real. Making good use of magic realism and vivid imagery, he portrays the Puritan mindset so well that the reader is drawn into the world of 17th century New England...

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http://www.bookdrum.com

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on Jan 28 2014

...Hawthorne’s scarlet letter represents literary creation as a synthesis of the efforts of all these parties rather than the work of the author alone. Ultimately, then, it is the emblem of the new kind of fiction which this enduringly powerful novel, a keystone of American literature, helped to establish.

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Reviewed by Emily Gray on Jan 28 2014

An enduringly powerful work, The Scarlet Letter paints a vivid portrait of the Puritan communities from which the modern United States originated.

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Booking in Heels

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Reviewed by Hanna W on Jan 14 2015

It's not really light reading. It's taken me a good few days to struggle through, to be honest. The story is wonderful, but the prose and dialogue can be a bit... stodgy.

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Iris on Books

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on Jan 14 2015

The prose was, I thought, at times beautiful and symbolic, but often a little too long-winded for my taste. It improved a lot once I had made it past that introduction...

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Tiny Library

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Reviewed by Sam on Jul 23 2013

I'm glad that I picked up A Scarlet Letter. It's one of those stories that has made it's way into public consciousness, so it was interesting to finally read it for myself. It's not going to be my favourite classic, but it was well written with interesting themes and it's definitely worth a go.

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So Many Books, So Little Time

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Reviewed by Denise on Jun 13 2012

In the end, I was really glad I read this book. It is definitely a unique piece of literature adn I really enjoyed it.

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Pages Unbound

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Reviewed by Briana on May 18 2011

He is interested in raising what he considers essential questions, but he only hints at his own answers, leaving interpretation primarily in the hand of the readers. The combination of strong authorial voice and subtlety make this one classic worth reading.

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Jo-Jo Loves to Read

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Reviewed by JO-JO on May 23 2012

It was definitely not one of our favorites and not one that I would recommend for leisure reading. I am, however, glad that I finally read this classic.

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