Scarlet Letter (Signet Classics)
Includes an introduction by Brenda Wineapple, an afterword by Regina Barreca, and an early Hawthorne short story that shares elements with The Scarlet Letter. 274 pgs, pb.
An American classic. Hester Prynne, Roger Chillingworth, and Arthur Dimmesdale are caught in a web of sin and deceit. Each holds his own key to peace and happiness, but will the paths chosen lead to salvation, or more bitterness? Hester Prynne, outcast from Puritan society, is made to wear a scarlet "A" for the rest of her life. Tormented by guilt and the ostracization of her neighbors, Hester refuses to reveal the identity of the father of her child.