The Scarlet Letter: A Timeless American Classic

The Scarlet Letter: a Romance, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, was published on this day in 1850. Set in the Massachusetts Bay Colony between 1642 and 1649, the novel explores themes of shame and social stigmatization, confronting an American Puritanical mob morality that persists today. An instant bestseller, The Scarlet Letter became one of the first mass-produced books in America.

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