I'll bet you thought that this A was made especially for the Applewood Studio. Nope.
This illustration of a scarlet letter A was inspired by looking at homespun fabric in several New England museums as well as viewing some old Irish linen. My admiration for Erica Wilson, the needlework artist, inspired me to draw from some of my own rather primitive embroidery and crewel-work.

Jacket /cover for
The Scarlet Letter
by Nathaniel Hawthorne, (current) Norton Critical Edition edited by Leland S. Person

NORTON CRITICAL EDITION The Scarlet Letter  tanya shpakow

written by Nathaniel Hawthorne (book jacket) Norton Critical Editions/
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