The Scarlet Letter Author:Nathaniel Hawthorne Hawthorne's great Puritan novel of sin and regeneration observes the consequences of adultery for three people of superior consciences: a passionate young woman, Hester Prynne; the father of her child, Arthur Dimmesdale; and her aging husband, Roger Chillingworth. Each has been marked by sin in a different way. Hester, publicly confessed and s... more »hamed, is spiritually ennobled. Dimmesdale, too weak to reveal himself, is ravaged with self-torment. And Chillingworth, wronged and secretly dedicated to vengeance, is transformed into a monsterous being.
Told with a perfection of style unmatched in American literature, this haunting tale of "human fraility and sorrow" probes a moral dilemma so ageless and emotions so deeply human that it transcends the bounds of the 17th century and reaches out to all time.« less