Classics Illustrated #6: The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter

Classics Illustrated Graphic Novels

Nathaniel Hawthorne, adapted by P. Craig Russell; Illustrated by Jill Thompson





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D. H. Lawrence said that there could be no more perfect work of the American imagination than The Scarlet Letter, which makes it ideal material for Classics Illustrated.

Upon finishing The Scarlet Letter in 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne read the manuscript to his wife, Sophia. "It broke her heart," Hawthorne later wrote, "and sent her to bed with a grievous headache, which I look upon as a triumphant success." The Scarlet Letter displays Hawthorne's lifelong preoccupation with the themes of secrecy and guilt, the conflict between intellectual and moral pride, and the lingering effects of Puritanism, the strict Protestant religion that flourished in New England in the 1600s. Among the most unified novels ever written, it is remarkable, too, for Hawthorne's painstakingly tight structure, and his rich lyrical language.


Praise for Classics Illustrated #6: The Scarlet Letter

Praise for Classics Illustrated

"Children are more ruthless about what they consider entertaining. They don't love books because they think they should. They love stories that deliver, and Classics Illustrated always had the goods. Looks like it still does."—Newsweek

"Highly imaginative art and adaptations." — Diamond Galleries Scoop

"For those who may have grown up with the original Classics Illustrated, Papercutz's decision to resurrect the series will be welcome news."—Omnivoracious

"The remarkably detailed color illustrations open passages that words alone cannot convey. Recommended."—Library Media Connection

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  • Nathaniel Hawthorne, adapted by P. Craig Russell; Illustrated by Jill Thompson

  • P. Craig Russell is a multiple Harvey and Eisner award winner who began his work at Marvel and Eclipse Comics, where he wrote a popular adaptation of Oscar Wilde's play "Salome." Other works include "The Magic Flute" for NBM publishing along with Batman, Daredevil, Sandman, and Coraline, a best-selling adaptation of Neil Gaiman's picture book.

    Jill Thompson is one of the most well-known female comicbook artists in the industry today. Aside from her ongoing comic "Scary Godmother," Jill has illustrated for Marvel (Spiderman), DC Comics (Swamp Thing, Wonderwoman), Topps (The X-Files) and Bongo Comics (Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror).

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne