I have been asked to find literary criticisms on biographical criticism on "The Scarlet Letter." Can anyone help me?

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timbrady eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I'm going to list some sources that might be helpful for you ... there are lots of them :)

http://www.ipl.org/div/litcrit/bin/litcrit.out.pl?au=haw-2   This contains lots of links that you could follow.

http://hawthorneinsalem.org/Literature/Hawthorne&Women/ScarletLetter/Criticism.html    Again, there are many sources here ... I particularly like the picture from the 1926 production of "The Scarlet Letter" with Lillian Gish and Lars Hanson ... it's a silent movie, but don't miss it if you get a chance to see it ... and please let me know where you found it if you do!

http://www.csustan.edu/english/reuben/pal/chap3/hawthorne.html   This is an interesting site with a lot of information about American authors/works/criticism

http://ibiblio.org/eldritch/nh/nhcrit.html    Some interesting criticism from/by Hawthorne's contemporaries.

 http://www.nagasaki-gaigo.ac.jp/ishikawa/amlit/h/hawthorne19ro.htm   This is a good general resource and should have links that can help you.

There is a great deal of material available on Hawthorne/The Scarlet Letter.  I'm not sure this answers your question, but I'm not exactly sure what "literary criticism on biographical criticisms" are ... but I trust you'll find something here!

kwoo1213 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The eNotes link below is a fantastic one to all sorts of analysis and criticism on The Scarlet Letter.


Also, if you would like to go to your school library or a public library, the Gale Reference Series on literary criticism is another terrific source.  You can simply ask your librarian for information about the Gale Reference Series.  These books cannot be checked out, but you can make copies of the critical essays in them.

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