The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Set in 17th-century Puritan Boston, this novel tells the story of a woman who conceives a daughter through an affair and struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity. She is forced to wear a scarlet "A" on her dress as a sign of her adultery while her lover, a revered local minister, remains unnamed and unpunished. Throughout the book, themes of sin, legalism, and guilt are explored.

The 56th greatest book of all time


Published
1850
Nationality
American
Type
Fiction
Pages
200-300
Words
63,500
Original Language
English

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