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NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE'S WORKS.
THE SCARLET LETTER
“LITTLE CLASSIC” EDITION. Complete in 23 vols. 18mo, each containing a vignette illustration.
Cloth, $1.25 a volume; the set, $28.75 ; half calf, or half morocco, $57.50; tree calf, $75.00.
FIRESIDE EDITION. Complete in 12 volumes, 16mo, each containing two choice vignette
illustrations. Sold only in sets. Cloth, $20.00; half calf, $40.00; tree calf, $50.00.
ILLUSTRATED LIBRARY EDITION. Complete in 12 volumes, 12mo, each containing two excellent illus
trations. Cloth, $2.00 a volume; the set, $24.00 ; half calf, $48.00.
Sold only in sets. Cloth, $10.00; half calf, $25.00. The Scarlet Letter. Illustrated by MARY HALLOCK FOOTE. 8vo, cloth, $5.00 ; morocco, or tree calf, $10.00.
For Sale by all Booksellers. Sent, post-paid, on receipt of price by the Publishers,
HIOUGHTON, MIFFLIN & CO., Boston.
All rights reserved.
October 22, 1874.
PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION.
UCH to the author's surprise, and (if he may VI to his amusement, he finds that his sketch of
say so without additional offence) considerably official life, introductory to THE SCARLET LETTER, has created an unprecedented excitement in the respectable community immediately around him. It could hardly have been more violent, indeed, had he burned down the Custom-House, and quenched its last smoking ember in the blood of a certain venerable personage, against whom he is supposed to cherish a peculiar malevolence. As the public disapprobation would weigh very heavily on him, were he conscious of deserving it, the author begs leave to say, that he has carefully read over the introductory pages, with a purpose to alter or expunge whatever might be found amiss, and to make the best reparation in his
power for the atrocities of which he has been adjudged guilty. But it appears to him, that the only remarkable
features of the sketch are its frank and genuine goodhumor, and the general accuracy with which he has conveyed his sincere impressions of the characters therein