“The Scarlet Letter” tells the story of a passionate young woman, her cowardly lover and her aging, vengeful husband. Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote it in the 19th century but set it in the Puritan community of 17th-century Boston. Its depiction of the struggle between heart and mind remains timeless.


  • Megan Marshall assistant professor, Emerson College author of "The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism"
  • Carolyn Hax Washington Post columnist author of "Tell Me About It: Lying, Sulking, Getting Fat... and 56 Other Things Not to Do While Looking for Love"
  • Kermit Moyer author of "The Chester Chronicles", professor emeritus of literature, American University

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