Hester Prynne is a beautiful young woman. She is also an outcast. In the eyes of her neighbors she has committed an unforgivable sin. Everyone knows that her little daughter, Pearl, is the product of an illicit affair but no one knows the identity of Pearl's father. Hester's refusal to name him brings more condemnation upon her. But she stands strong in the face of public scorn, even when she is forced to wear the sign of her shame sewn onto her clothes--the scarlet letter "A" for "Adulteress.
About the Author
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) was a novelist and short story writer. The Scarlet Letter is seen as his masterpiece. His other works include Doctor Grimshawe's Secret, The House of the Seven Gables, The Marble Faun, and Twice-Told Tales.