Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 –1864) fue un novelista y cuentista estadounidense.
Es considerado figura clave en el desarrollo de la literatura norteamericana en sus orígenes. Hawthorne es conocido sobre todo por sus relatos breves -que él llamó “cuentos”-, muchas veces de contenido siniestro, al gusto de la época, y por sus cuatros novelas largas.
La letra escarlata (“The Scarlet Letter”, 1850), La casa de los siete tejados (“The house of the Seven Gables”, 1851), La novela de Blithedale (“The Blithedale Romance”, 1852) y El fauno de mármol (“The Marble Faun”, 1860).
(Otra novela titulada Fanshawe, fue publicada anónimamente en 1828.)
Delve into The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s meditation on human alienation and its effect on the soul in this story set in seventeenth-century Massachusetts and be dazzled by literature.
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s dark novel, The Scarlet Letter, a single sinful act ruins the lives of three people. None more so than Hester Prynne, a young, beautiful, and dignified woman, who conceived a child out of wedlock and receives the public punishment of having to always wear a scarlet “A” on her clothing.
She refuses to reveal the father of her child, which could lighten her sentence.
Her husband, the aptly-named Roger Chillingworth, who Hester thought had died in a shipwreck but was actually being held captive by Native Americans, arrives at the exact moment of her deepest public shaming and vows to get revenge.
Her lover, Arthur Dimmesdale, remains safely unidentified, but is wracked with guilt.
Though originally published in 1850, the story is set in seventeenth-century Massachusetts among Hawthorne’s Puritan ancestors.
In The Scarlet Letter, he created a story that highlighted both their weaknesses and their strengths. His knowledge of their beliefs and his admiration for their way of life was balanced by his concerns about their rigid and oppressive rules.