<dTitle type=main>THE SCARLET LETTER
THIS ELECTRONIC EDITION WAS
PREPARED AT DARTMOUTH COLLEGE
FROM THE EVERYMAN'S LIBRARY EDITION, 1906
PRINTED IN GREAT BRITAIN
LONDON & TORONTO: J. M. DENT & SONS LTD.
NEW YORK, E. P. DUTTON & CO.
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<p>NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE was already a man of forty-six, and a tale
writer of some twenty-four years' standing, when &odq;The Scarlet
Letter&cdq; appeared. He was born at Salem, Mass., on July 4th, 1804,
son of a sea-captain. He led there a shy and rather sombre life;
of few artistic encouragements, yet not wholly uncongenial, his
moody, intensely meditative temperament being considered. Its
colours and shadows are marvelously reflected in his &odq;Twice-Told
Tales&cdq; and other short stories, the product of his first literary
period. Even . . .