The scarlet letter
John Hathorne (August 1641 – May 10, 1717) was a merchant and magistrate of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He is best known for his role as one of the leading judges in the Salem witch trials, and the only one who never repented of his actions. He was also a merchant in Salem, Massachusetts, and the patrilineal ancestor of writer Nathaniel Hawthorne.
The Scarlet Letter…Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1850…According to many critics, Hawthorne should have been less friendly toward Hester Prynne (in fairness, so should have Minister Dimmesdale). Unsurprisingly the bk caused moralist outrage in 1852. 140 yrs later, the bk is still being banned due to its conflicts with community values and sinful nature (wink, wink). Parents in one school district called the book “pornographic and obscene” in 1977. Clearly this was before the days of the Internet.