Inspired by the Puritan past of his native New England, Nathaniel Hawthorne became a pivotal figure in the history of American literature, notably with his masterpiece, The Scarlet Letter.
One of the greatest allegories in all literature. -- D.H.
The books of Hawthorne... should be sold by the hundred thousand, and read by the million; and admired by everyone who is capable of admiration. -- Herman Melville
We look upon him as one of the few men of indisputable genius to whom our country has as yet given birth. -- Edgar Allan Poe
The finest piece of imaginative writing yet put forth in the country. -- Henry James