The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter

By Nathaniel Hawthorne; Harold Bloom (Editor)

Library of America, Paperback, 9781598531121, 272pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2011

Description
Set within the richly imagined confines of Puritan Boston, here is Hawthorne's classic allegory of shame and sexuality, introduced by the acclaimed critic Harold Bloom: "If we have a national heroine of our version of the Protestant will in America," Bloom writes, "then it must be Hester Prynne, Hawthorne's triumph."


About the Author
Born in 1804, Nathaniel Hawthorne is known for his historical tales and novels about American colonial society. After publishing The Scarlet Letter in 1850, its status as an instant bestseller allowed him to earn a living as a novelist. Full of dark romanticism, psychological complexity, symbolism, and cautionary tales, his work is still popular today. He has earned a place in history as one of the most distinguished American writers of the nineteenth century.

Harold Bloom is a Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale University and a former Charles Eliot Norton Professor at Harvard. His more than thirty books include The Best Poems of the English Language, The Art of Reading Poetry, and The Book of J. He is a MacArthur Prize Fellow, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the recipient of many awards and honorary degrees, including the Academy s Gold Medal for Belles Lettres and Criticism, the International Prize of Catalonia, and the Alfonso Reyes Prize of Mexico.