The Scarlet Letter
The Scarlet Letter, written in 1850 by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is a Romance novel. The book follows the story of Hester Prynne, a Boston Puritan woman discovered to have committed adultery, and who is thus ostracized by her community for the years to come. It is noted for its deep and philosophical themes, including the guilt of sin.
The book risked controversy at the time because adultery was not a subject that was frequently discussed in polite society.