One of my favorites from my high school reading list. One of the few assigned readings I enjoyed at that age and one of the few that I remember. The Scarlet Letter was published on this day in 1850. One of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s most popular and well-known books, largely considered his “great work”. I would be remise if I didn’t mention The House of the Seven Gables, one of his other famous works.
The Scarlet letter is a fictional romance tale set in Puritan Boston in the years 1642 to 1649. There have been several film adaptations of the book:
- The Scarlet Letter 1995 with Demi Moore
- The Scarlet Letter 1979 with Meg Foster
- The Scarlet Letter 1934 with Colleen Moore
- The Scarlet Letter 1972 with Senta Berger
Biographies on Nathaniel Hawthorne:
- Hawthorne: A Life
- Nathaniel Hawthorne
- Nathaniel Hawthorne: A Biography (American Literary Greats)
- Nathaniel Hawthorne in His Times
They didn’t have this when I was in school, but nowadays you don’t even have to read the cliff notes, they have videos for free online that go over the whole book, see below. And if you want more but don’t want to read the WHOLE cliff notes you can read the long description of the story on wikipedia that is basically the whole book. It is amazing, I guess students now don’t have to read the story at all.