The House of the Seven Gables - Nathaniel Hawthorne (Paperback)

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Barcode
9780140390056
Department
Books
Released
27 Aug 1981
Supply Source
UK

Book

Authors
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Milton Stern (Editor)
Milton R. Stern (Editor)
Milton R. Stern (Introduction by)
Milton Stern (Introduction by)
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Penguin Group USA
Edition
Reprint
Series
The Penguin American Library
Language
English
Number of Pages
326
Dimensions
197 x 133 x 25mm (249g)

Annotation

The curse of Matthew Maule descends on seven generations of the inhabitants of an old New England house

Summary

FThis enduring novel of crime and retribution vividly reflects the social and moral values of New England in the 1840s. 

Nathaniel Hawthorne's gripping psychological drama concerns the Pyncheon family, a dynasty founded on pious theft, who live for generations under a dead man's curse until their house is finally exorcised by love. Hawthorne, by birth and education, was instilled with the Puritan belief in America's limitless promise. Yet - in part because of blemishes on his own family history - he also saw the darker side of the young nation. Like his twentieth-century heirs William Faulkner and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Hawthorne peered behind propriety's fa├žade and exposed the true human condition.

Fiction

General Subject
Fiction
BISAC Subject 1
Fiction / Literary
BIC Classification 1
Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
Library Subject 1
Haunted houses; Fiction.
Library Subject 2
Historical fiction
Library Subject 3
Occult fiction
Dewey Classification
813/.3

Author Bio

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) was born in Salem, Massachusetts, where he wrote the bulk of his masterful tales of American colonial history. His career as a novelist began with The Scarlet Letter (1850) and also includes The house of the Seven Gables, The Blithedale Romance, and The Marble Faun.

Review Quotes

"A large and generous production, pervaded with that vague hum, that indefinable echo, of the whole multitudinous life of man, which is the real sign of a great work of fiction."
--Henry James