CHRISTOPHER BIGSBY runs the Arthur Miller Centre for American Studies at the University of East Anglia in England and the Arthur Miller Centre International Writers Festival. He is the author of three novels and several works of criticism.
This ``prequel'' to The Scarlet Letter imagines the early life of Hester Prynne and serves as a creative addendum to that classic, but it could not stand on its own. The most impressive facet of this debut novel is the skill with which Bigsby (American Studies/Univ. of East Anglia) imitates Hawthorne's authorial voice, but at the same time one can't help asking whether such mimicry is necessary. Read full book review >