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of original 1850 edition of The Scarlet Letter published by Ticknor,
Reed, and Fields. Courtesy of the Peabody Essex Museum.
Hawthorne was dismissed from his job as surveyor at the Salem Custom
House, he began writing The Scarlet Letter. In 1850 Ticknor,
Reed, and Fields published 2,500 copies of the romance.
- The celebration
of the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Scarlet Letter
at the Salem Custom House on March 16, 2000, organized by Rae Emerson
of the Salem Maritime National Historic Site and Michael Blatty.
gathers at the Orientation Center of the Salem Maritime National
Historic Site for the celebration (Dr.Berkley Peabody, Professor
Emeritus of Comparative Literature from SUNY, Albany and evening
speaker in the red tie and Michael Blatty to his right)
enter the Custom House for the introductory remarks and readings
from the "Custom-House" sketch
and text of remarks by Dr. Berkley Peabody on "The Scarlet Letter:
A New Literature for a New Age"
with letter "A"
for 1965 movie version of The Scarlet Letter exhibited
at the Custom House celebration
by Jim McAllister in the March 15, 2000 Salem Evening News
on film adaptations of The Scarlet Letter.