The Scarlet Letter is a novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne, an American author of the 19th century. It is considered to be one of the most important works of American literature. This explains why the English version is so distinct from the German one. The English wikipedia article about the Scarlet Letter was first published in July 2003, the German article in April 2004.
In our Wikipedia seminar, we were given the task to compare Wikipedia articles in dif- ferent languages. I focused on the German and English version of the article on Sprachtod and language death.