Name: Hawthorne "The Scarlet Letter, a Romance"

Date:  1851 - 1899

Location:  North America , Russia and Central Asia

SubjectReligious , Other


Artist: Hawthorne, Nathaniel (1804-1864)

Confronting Bodies: Nicholas I,Rev.A.C.Coxe

Date of Action: 1852

Specific Location: Russia, United States

Description of Artwork: "The Scarlet Letter, a Romance," 1850: A novel, dwelling on the tragic consequences of unconfessed guilt. Set in the mid-seventh century puritan New England, the story follows the history of 4 people. Hester Pryne who has born the daughter of an unnamed father and must wear the scarlet "A" of Adultress on her bossom; Arthur Dimmesdale, a Puritan divine later revealed to be the father of the child; Roger Chillingworth, an elderly physician with whom Hester had contracted a loveless marriage several years before; and Pearl, the child, a beautiful and willful child, untouched by the moral dilemmas that torment the other characters. The lover's deed had "a consecration of its own" whereas Chillingworth had 'violated in cold blood the sanctity of a human heart." This novel was the first U.S. work to rank among "classics of world literature."

Description of Incident: 1852, Russia: Banned by Nicholas I in the "censorship terror."

Results of Incident: Unknown

Source: Banned Books 387 B.C. to 1978 A.D., by Anne Lyon Haight, and Chandler B. Grannis, R.R. Bowker Co, 1978.

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