November 8, 2021

The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne


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Name: The House of the Seven Gables

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Country:  United States

Language:  English

Genre Gothic fiction; Romance

Publisher: Ticknor and Fields

Publication date:  March 1851

Media type:  Print (Hardback)

Pages:  344

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The House of the Seven Gables, a romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne, was published in 1851. The work, set in mid-19th-century Salem, Mass., is a somber study in hereditary sin, based on the legend of a curse pronounced on Hawthorne’s own family by a woman condemned to death during the infamous Salem witch trials. The greed and arrogance of the novel’s Pyncheon family through the generations are mirrored in the gloomy decay of their seven-gabled mansion, in which the family’s enfeebled and impoverished relations live. At the book’s end, the descendant of a family long ago defrauded by the Pyncheon lifts his ancestors’ curse on the mansion and marries a young niece of the family.


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