The House of the Seven Gables

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OUP Oxford, May 7, 1998 - Fiction - 368 pages
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In the final years of the seventeenth century in a small New England town, the venerable Colonel Pyncheon decides to erect a ponderously oak-framed and spacious family mansion. It occupies the spot where Matthew Maule, `an obscure man', had lived in a log hut, until his execution for witchcraft. From the scaffold, Maule points his finger at the presiding Colonel and cries `God will give him blood to drink!' The fate of Colonel Pyncheon exerts a heavy influence on his descendants inthe crumbling mansion for the next century and a half.Hawthorne called his novel a `Romance', drawing on the Gothic tradition which embraced and exploited the thrills of the supernatural. Unlike The Scarlet Letter, with its unrelentingly dark view of human nature and guilt, Hawthorne sought to write `a more natural and healthy product of my mind', a story which would show guilt to be a trick of the imagination. The tension between fantasy and a new realism underpins the novel's descriptive virtuosity.

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User Review  - Mary Piscola -

I really enjoyed the authors style of writing. His description of the house and people made you feel you were right there with them !! I would recommend reading. Read full review

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User Review  - Sylvia Black -

In this book, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, two brothers live in a haunted, or cursed house. One brother is a monk and the other half mad run away from the very few visitors they get. Their niece comes to ... Read full review

About the author (1998)

Michael Davitt Bell is at Williams College, Massachusetts.

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