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Hawthorne at Salem

Literary Career

Criticism Related to Hawthorne's Novels

Title page of 1878 edition of <I>The Scarlet Letter</I>
Title page of 1878 edition of The Scarlet Letter (courtesy of James R. Osgood and Co.)
  • Fanshaw
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • The House of the Seven Gables
  • The Blithedale Romance
  • The Marble Faun
  • Unfinished Novels

The Scarlet Letter

In The Threads of the Scarlet Letter: A Study of Hawthorne's Transformative Art, Richard Kopley suggests that the scene in The Scarlet Letter in which Chillingworth approaches the sleeping minister may have been inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s story, “The Tell-Tale Heart.”(courtesy of University of Delaware Press