The Scarlet Letter (Paperback)

A Library of America Paperback Classic

By Nathaniel Hawthorne, Harold Bloom (Editor)

Library of America, 9781598531121, 272pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2011

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Description

Set within the richly imagined confines of Puritan Boston, The Scarlet Letter is Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic tale of the social consequences of adultery and the subversive force of personal desire in a strict religious community. The transgression of Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale, the innate lawlessness of their illegitimate child, Pearl, and the torturous jealousy of the husband Roger Chillingworth trigger a provocative drama of sin and suffering, repentance and revenge. 

“Beautiful, admirable, extraordinary… it has the inexhaustible charm and mystery of great works of art.” —Henry James


About the Author

Nathaniel Hawthorne, born July 4, 1804, in Salem, Massachusetts, was the author of Twice-Told Tales (1837), The Scarlet Letter (1850), and The House of the Seven Gables (1851), among other classic works. He died May 19, 1864, at Plymouth, New Hampshire.

Harold Bloom is the author of twenty-seven books, including the New York Times bestsellers Shakespeare: The Invention of the HumanThe Western Canon; and, most recently, Jesus and Yahweh: The Names Divine, and has been the recipient of numerous honors, including a MacArthur Fellowship and the Gold Medal for Belles Lettres and Criticism from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is Sterling Professor Emeritus of Humanities at Yale University.