Today in 1850, Hester Prynne stepped into the published world with a scarlet letter on her chest.

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Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter was well-received as a testament to Hawthorne’s skill with writing and an admirable addition to his already published works. It was, and continues to be, regarded as potentially Hawthorne’s best novel. It quickly became a best-seller and was one of the first books to be mass produced throughout the nation.

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