The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Nathaniel Hawthorne loved writing, which we can discern because he did a lot of it. All of his sentences are LONG and UNWIELDY. The Scarlet Letter was published in 1850, so I guess this is understandable. But even by nineteenth-century standards, it’s a really whopper of a book to try and get through. Hawthorne occasionally just throws out sentences like this: “Such is frequently the fate, and such the stern development, of the feminine character and person, when the woman has encountered, and lived through, an experience of peculiar severity.” NATHANIEL. COME ON.