Fall Book Club: The Scarlet Letter (Part 2 of 3)

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Published in 1850, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne was one of America's first mass-produced novels, and it was an instant popular hit, though not without drawing critical controversy. It is a work of historical fiction set in Puritan New England, but it also addresses the moral concerns of the author's own time.  Hawthorne was descended from a famous Puritan judge, and found concern with how society carries out justice and the need for social redemption.  He describes this novel as a "Romance" in that it partakes both of material realism and fairy-tale qualities, both of which he employs to create a story that is timeless as well as historical, and deeply psychologically compelling.

Our guest discussion leader is Dr. Heather Edwards, a scholar of English literature.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Athens Public Library.