Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804–1864) was an American novelist and short story writer of the Romantic movement. A Dark Romantic, his works often focus on the inherent evil of humanity and usually include moral messages. Set in the Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony between 1642 and 1649, “The Scarlet Letter” is the tale of Hester Prynne and his endeavours to forge a new life of dignity after conceiving a daughter out of wedlock. Highly recommended for fans of Romantic literature and collectors of Hawthorne’s seminal work. Contents include: “The Prison Door”, “The Market-Place”, “The Recognition”, “The Interview”, “Hester at her Needle”, “Pearl”, “The Governor’s Hall”, “The Elf-Child and the Minister”, “The Leech”, “The Leech and his Patient”, “The Interior of a Heart”, “The Minister’s Vigil”, etc. Read & Co. Classics is republishing this novel now in a new edition complete with an introductory chapter by George Edward Woodberry.