The Scarlet Letter
by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Scarlet Letter Resources
Movie or TV Productions
This 1926 adaptation with early film star Lillian Gish gives us some backstory on Hester and Dimmesdale's relationship.
The 1979 TV miniseries production of The Scarlet Letter, directed by Rick Hauser.
A 1995 adaptation with Demi Moore and Gary Oldman. Too bad it's not very good.
And they adapted it again in 1934, a little less successfully.
The 2010 film Easy A is very, very loosely based on The Scarlet Letter.
Here's something to liven up that morning commute: the entire audiobook of The Scarlet Letter.
Check out how Lillian Gish's hair is all sexily down in this still from the 1926 movie.
Here she is again, this time with her hair respectably up.
Here's the title page from the very first edition. We wonder if anyone saw the subtitle "A Romance" and was disappointed?
Here's an older Hawthorne, sporting an impressive moustache.
This article from Harper's Magazine has a lot of fun facts about Hawthorne, including a cute story about him pushing a baby carriage with his infant son. It also includes a letter he wrote, talking about The Scarlet Letter.
A guide to the various Native American tribes indigenous to Massachusetts and the New England region.
Curious about the people living in the area before the European settlers came along? Check out this guide dedicated to understanding the people of Essex County.
PBS gives us some deets on Hawthorne's life and work.
The Nathaniel Hawthorne Society. For just $5.00 a year, you, too, can subscribe to the Nathaniel Hawthorne Review.
Well, this guy's okay. George Loring reviews The Scarlet Letter in 1850. We… think he liked it?
A review of The Scarlet Letter from 1886 gives the book an A+.
Here's the trailer from the 1995 movie with Demi Moore and Gary Oldman. Apparently, they took some liberties with the story.
At least for the next 1:11:28. You can watch the entire 1934 adaptation here.
Homegirl Taylor Swift namechecks The Scarlet Letter in "Love Story."