Nathaniel Hawthorne's famous book THE SCARLET LETTER has been transformed into cinematic versions both for television and for theaters, having been written about one of the first feminists in history! But how many have actually read the 288 page Hawthorne original? Few, likely, for as interesting and classic the story is, it is a bit inaccessible to the modern reader who finds Hawthorne's prose bogged down by interminable sentence structure and heavy paragraphs. Yes, there is charm in reading the … more
Readable Classics gently edits the great works of literature, retaining their essence and spirit, and making them more enjoyable and less frustrating for modern readers. Puritan Boston, 1600's -- Beautiful, defiant Hester Prynne commits adultery, refuses to name the father of her illegitimate child, and is condemned to wear a scarlet A on her breast for the rest of her life. She becomes the first true heroine of American fiction. Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1850 masterpiece was the first American novel to explore the moral struggle with sin, guilt, and pride; the conflict between the heart and the mind; and the deadly consequences of not being able to forgive ourselves and others.