AT A GLANCE

Written by: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Type of Work: novel

Genre: romance; psychological romance

Main Characters: Hester Prynne; Arthur Dimmesdale; Roger Chillingworth; Pearl

First Published: 1850

Setting: Puritan town of Boston

The three most important aspects of The Scarlet Letter:

  • The scarlet "A" worn by Hester Prynne stands for...
  • Much of the novel's beginning is true and...
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