"The Scarlet Letter" is Nathaniel Hawthorne’s finest work. Set in Massachusetts in the 1630’s during Puritan America, Hawthorne explores romance, sin, guilt, and repentance in this repressive background. Indeed, this powerful book still remains relevant, as the authoritarian Puritan society seems almost an analogy for many areas of the world today. In addition, the book powerfully depicts the philosophical and psychological impact of stresses on the human soul. Read this timeless classic of American fiction and experience what D.H. Lawrence called the “perfect work of the American imagination.” "The Scarlet Letter" was written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1850, while living in Concord, Massachusetts. Hawthorne was always fascinated by Puritan America, due in part to the fact that one of his ancestors was one of the judges at the 1692 Salem witch trials. Hawthorne also wrote "The House of the Seven Gables" in 1851, "The Blithedale Romance" in 1852, and "The Marble Faun" in 1860. He died in 1864, at the age of 60, while on a tour of the White Mountains in Plymouth, New Hampshire.