The work centers on Hester Prynne, a married woman who is shunned after bearing a child out of wedlock but displays great compassion and resiliency. The novel is considered a masterpiece of American literature and a classic moral study. uch to the author's surprise, and (if he may say so without additional offence) considerably to his amusement, he finds that his sketch of official life, introductory to The Scarlet Letter, has created an unprecedented excitement in the respectable community immediately around him.It could hardly have been more violent, indeed, had he burned down the Custom-House, and quenched its last ... The Scarlet Letter quizzes about important details and events in every section of the book.
The New England Quarterly. 1987 -- Pages 256-264.