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Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote The Scarlet Letter in 1850. It is the tale of a young woman, Hester Prynne, who commits adultery in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the 1600s.
  1. Hawthorne, Nathaniel
  2. Romantics - American Lit.

'The Scarlet Letter' Books and Editions
Considered by many to be a masterpiece of the period, Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter is the classic tale about Hester Prynn and her public disgrace.

'The Scarlet Letter' Questions for Study and Discussion
The Scarlet Letter is one of the greatest works by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.

'The Scarlet Letter' Quotes
Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote The Scarlet Letter, his famous tale of adultery and alienation, in 1850. The novel has become a popular (and sometimes controversial) focus of literary study in American literature. Here are a few quotes from The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

'The Scarlet Letter' Studies in Classic American Literature
Read more about The Scarlet Letter, from Studies in Classic American Literature, by D.H. Lawrence.

'The Scarlet Letter' Study Guide
The Scarlet Letter is a novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Set in New England, with a Puritanical mentality, this Great American Novel discusses: sex, punishment, and the psychological effects of guilt.

'The Scarlet Letter' Text
Read the complete text of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter.

10th (or 11th) Grade Reading List - American Literature
I recommend the following titles to maintain fluency and reading level and to encourage independent reading. These are a sampling of the titles that often appear on high-school reading lists for 10th grade (or 11th) American literature study.

Adultery Novels
Is it love, sex, or adultery? Some of the greatest novels in literature involve forbidden love, but what consequences do the characters face? Does the marriage last after the infidelity is over? Read these novels about adultery, and find out what happens after the passion has ended.

American Writers - From the United States
Find info. about American writers: Ambrose Bierce, Kate Chopin, James Fenimore Cooper, Stephen Crane, Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and more.

Famous Fictional Heroines
In exploring the world of literature, these heroines come immediately to mind: Edna Pontellier, Madame Bovary, Moll Flanders, Anna Karenin, Lily Bart, Jane Eyre, Hester Prynne, Elizabeth Bennet, Daisy Miller, and Murasaki Shikibu.

Nathaniel Hawthorne Biography
Nathaniel Hawthorne is one of the great American writers, known for The Scarlet Letter, as well as other short stories and novels--part of the Romantic movement.

Romantic Period Fiction - American Literature
The Romantic Period originated in Germany. Writers like Wordsworth and Coleridge are famous Romantic writers in England. In American literature, famous writers like Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, and Nathaniel Hawthorne created fiction during the Romantic Period in the United States. Explore the American fiction from the Romantic Period.

Troubled Mothers in Literature
What could troubles mothers in fiction? An event or crisis that might have seemed small evolves until it is no longer possible for her to ignore or forget it. Does the trouble come from love, violence, sex, money troubles, loneliness, inner turmoil, or despair? Read more about these few troubled mothers in literature.

'The Scarlet Letter' Review - Nathaniel Hawthorne
In high school, I broke rank with my favorite teacher, Diane Woodbury, and decided that I hated Nathaniel Hawthorne. Absolutely hated the guy. I figured that if The Scarlet Letter was supposed to be his masterpiece, then there must not be any redeeming value to the rest of his contribution to literature.

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