The House of the Seven Gables

The House of the Seven Gables

Book - 2001 | 2001 Modern Library ed.
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First published in 1851, The House of the Seven Gables is one of Hawthorne's defining works, a vivid depiction of American life and values replete with brilliantly etched characters. The tale of a cursed house with a "mysterious and terrible past" and the generations linked to it, Hawthorne's chronicle of the Maule and Pyncheon families over two centuries reveals, in Mary Oliver's words, "lives caught in the common fire of history."

This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition uses the definitive text as prepared for The Centenary Edition of the Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne; this is the Approved Edition of the Center for Scholarly Editions (Modern Language Association). It includes newly commissioned notes on the text.
First published in 1851, The House of the Seven Gables is one of Hawthorne's defining works, a vivid depiction of American life and values replete with brilliantly etched characters. The tale of a cursed house with a 'mysterious and terrible past' and the generations linked to it, Hawthorne's chronicle of the Maule and Pyncheon families over two centuries reveals, in Mary Oliver's words, 'lives caught in the common fire of history.' This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition uses the definitive text as prepared for The Centenary Edition of the Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne; this is the Approved Edition of the Center for Scholarly Editions (Modern Language Association). It includes newly commissioned notes on the text.

Baker & Taylor
The curse of Mathew Maule descends on seven generations of the inhabitants of an old New England house.

Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2001.
Edition: 2001 Modern Library ed.
ISBN: 9780375756870
0375756876
Characteristics: xix, 312 p. ; 21 cm.

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AshWhl90
Feb 27, 2019

I found the context of The House of the Seven Gables very interesting and intriguing, with a lot happening between Hepzibah Pyncheon her brother Clifford, cousin Phoebe and other townspeople. Surrounded by the notion of a family curse really drew me in. The unfolding of the climax really surprised me and anyone who enjoys gothic fiction or is a fan of books written in the 19th Century, I highly recommend this book.

For warning, reading this book sometimes I had to reread over what I initially read. You can easily get lost or confused in the translation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's writing style. All in all a fun read!

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Janice21383
Mar 04, 2018

The House of Seven Gables isn't really about an evil house, any more than The Scarlet Letter is about an evil wizard. It's a character-based story about people who live with the Puritan legacy. If you like Nathaniel Hawthorne's other works, you'll like this sweet, nostalgic story, but it isn't exactly action-packed.

trevordunfordswife Oct 23, 2015

'Haunted'? 'Cursed'? Good grief. Remember that it was written in 1850 and don't go looking for a thrilling Hallowe'en read here! Quite verbose, as novels of that time were, it takes awhile - a long while, to develop. Not one of my favourites.

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