One hundred and seventy years have passed since Nathaniel Hawthorne published The Scarlet Letter in 1850 — having written the manuscript while residing at 14 Mall Street in Salem, just steps from PEM. And the novel remains as popular as it was in its day. As demonstrated in the museum’s recent exhibition The Creative Legacy of Nathaniel Hawthorne: Selections from the Phillips Library Collection, the story’s characters and major themes continue to inspire artists in a variety of fields.
Join us as Richard Kopley, distinguished professor of English Emeritus at Penn State DuBois, discusses his techniques of close reading, biographical analysis and archival research to provide insight into Hawthorne’s masterpiece. Kopley spent more than two decades researching the famed Salem author and unearthed a new critical source behind the classic novel. Moderated by Catherine Robertson, PEM’s Phillips Library Print Librarian.
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