The short list of great American novels includes Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. In this story, the consequences of Hester Prynne's adulterous affair with the reverend Arthur Dimmesdale are literally borne out as she gives birth to their child and is forced to wear a Scarlet Letter A on her bosom. Hawthorne is at his best as he treats with the complexities of sin and redemption as the The Scarlet Letter progresses and carries Hester Prynne, Dimmesdale and Pearl toward their respective outcomes. The Scarlet Letter is a true masterpiece of American Literature a must read for every student of literature.
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