Essay: The New Puritan Shame Culture

In the April 1886 issue of The Atlantic Monthly Julian Hawthorne, son of Nathaniel, reviewed his father’s The Scarlett Letter. Towards the conclusion of his stunning, 9,000+ word essay, the younger Hawthorne reflected on the moral irony of  Hester Prynne’s world:  This [the scarlet A] is her punishment, the heaviest that man can afflict upon her. But, like all legal […]

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