The Scarlet Libretto: Opera Libretto

In this dramatic text for Lori Laitman’s opera of The Scarlet Letter, award-winning poet David Mason, author of Ludlow and other works, has given new life in verse to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic novel. By distilling the book’s narrative line and adding a charged lyricism of his own, Mason has created another magnificent work in his ongoing poetic portrait of America.

David Mason

Publication Date: March 1, 2012

Genre/Imprint: Poetry, Red Hen Press

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ISBN: 978-1-59709-170-1



David Mason’s Libretto praised by Gramophone

Red Hen author David Mason adapted Nathaniel Hawthorne's THE SCARLET LETTER into a stunning operatic libretto, THE SCARLET LIBRETTO, that had its world premiere in May 2016 by Opera Colorado.