The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
A classic investigation of the American mind. ...more info on wikipedia
About the artist: Samantha Grenierfrom the United States
“I’m pretending to be a giraffe right now, but really I’m a cut-paper illustrator from New Hampshire, USA. Residing in New England my whole life,” she beams.
Why this work
“Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter was a fitting book choice. Ultimately, I chose this novel to re-cover because I loved the motifs and philosophy tangled within the plot. Throughout the novel, the adulteress symbol of the “A” is hard to avoid. Naturally, the “A” is featured on most covers of The Scarlet Letter, but I wanted to treat it metaphorically. As Hester and Pearl eventually accept their social identities, I stylized the “A” from tissue paper, resembling the pair. This “A” is inlaid into the chest of Reverend Dimmsdale as a mark of his guilt.”