A young woman, publicly scorned for bearing an illegitimate child, refuses to be vanquished by the Puritanical seventeenth-century Boston community in which she lives. Reissue.
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: Hailed by Henry James as "the finest pieceÂ of imaginative writing yet put forth in theÂ country," Nathaniel Hawthorne's The ScarletÂ Letter
reaches to our nation'sÂ historical and moral roots for the material of greatÂ tragedy. Set in an early New England colony, the novelÂ shows the terrible impact a single, passionate actÂ has on the lives of three members of theÂ community: the defiant Hester Prynne; the fiery, torturedÂ Reverend Dimmesdale; and the obsessed, vengefulÂ Chillingworth.
With The ScarletÂ Letter
, Hawthorne became the first AmericanÂ novelist to forge from our Puritan heritage aÂ universal classic, a masterful exploration ofÂ humanity's unending struggle with sin, guilt and pride.