Excerpt from The Scarlet Letter and the Blithedale Romance The Scarlet Letter was the first sustained work of fiction completed by Hawthorne after he had become kwn to the public through the Twice-Told Tales; and was the first among his books which attained popularity. He had meanwhile published Grandfather's Chair, for children, and his Mosses from an Old Manse. But it was t until he once more took up his residence in Salem, while occupying the post of surveyor at the Custom House of that port, that he began to hear - as he expressed it to a friend - a romance growling in his mind. This romance was the w world-famous one, which is again offered to readers in the present volume. It was begun some time in the winter of 1849-50, after the author had been deprived of his official situation. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.