The Scarlet Letter
Today is the anniversary of America's first best seller - The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, published in 1850. A total of 2,500 copies were published and sold out in 10 days. It was the first American novel to reach a large audience. See today's entry in the Writers Almanac with Garrison Keilor for more information about the printing process back in 1850 in the United States.