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The Scarlet Letter

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The Scarlet Letter

America’s first psychological novel, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s THE SCARLET LETTER is a dark tale of love, crime and revenge set in colonial New England. It revolves around a single, forbidden act of passion that forever alters the lives of three members of a small Puritan community: Hester Prynne, an ardent and fierce woman who bears the punishment of her sin in humble silence; the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, a respected public figure who is inwardly tormented by long-hidden guilt; and the malevolent Roger Chillingworth, Hester’s husband --- a man who seethes with an Ahab-like lust for vengeance.

The landscape of this classic novel is uniquely American, but the themes it explores are universal --- the nature of sin, guilt, and penitence, the clash between our private and public selves, and the spiritual and psychological cost of living outside society. Constructed with the elegance of a Greek tragedy, The Scarlet Letter brilliantly illuminates the truth that lies deep within the human heart.

The Scarlet Letter
by Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Publication Date: April 1, 2003
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble Classics
  • ISBN-10: 1593080123
  • ISBN-13: 9781593080129