The House of the Seven Gables (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

The House of the Seven Gables (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)


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The House of the Seven Gables (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The House of the Seven Gables, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:

  • New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars
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  • Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events
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  • Comments by other famous authors
  • Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations
  • Bibliographies for further reading
  • Indices & Glossaries, when appropriate
All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.

Greed, treachery, mesmerism, and murder are just some of the bricks Hawthorne uses to build The House of the Seven Gables. Generations before the present story begins, wealthy Colonel Pyncheon covets Matthew Maule’s land. When Maule is hanged for witchcraft, he puts a curse on the Colonel—and all his descendants. Now the menacing Judge Pyncheon continues the family tradition of hiding cruelty under a dazzling smile, while his scowling niece, Hepzibah, and half-mad nephew, Clifford, are reduced to poverty by his machinations. But the younger generation, embodied in their distant cousin, Phoebe, becomes a ray of hope penetrating the dark house.

Though Hawthorne openly discusses his book’s “moral” in its preface, The House of the Seven Gables is no dry sermon. In fact, a strong stream of poetic fantasy runs through it, which the author acknowledges by calling it a “romance,” rather than a novel. Like his other great works, The House of the Seven Gables reflects Hawthorne’s rich understanding of complex motives, of individuals caught in the unending struggle between our highest aspirations and our basest desires.

Gordon Tapper, Associate Professor of English at DePauw University, is the author of The Machine That Sings: Modernism, Hart Crane, and the Culture of the Body. He also wrote the Introduction and Notes to the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of Willa Cather’s My Ántonia.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593082314
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 02/01/2007
Series: Barnes & Noble Classics Series
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

One of the greatest authors in American literature, Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) was a novelist and short story writer born in Salem, Massachusetts. Hawthorne’s best-known books include The House of the Seven Gables and The Scarlet Letter, works marked by a psychological depth and moral insight seldom equaled by other writers.

Date of Birth:

July 4, 1804

Date of Death:

May 19, 1864

Place of Birth:

Salem, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

Plymouth, New Hampshire


Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, 1824

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The House of the Seven Gables Barnes & Noble Classics Series) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
AnakinFanatic More than 1 year ago
One of Hawthorne's best works. It explains through fiction, what Hawthorne truly believed of the Salem Witch Trials.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the book, House of Seven Gables, Nathaniel Hawthorne tried to connect the past to the present, using generations of family. Back in the colonial era, a Colonel Pyncheon slayed a supposed wizard named Matthew Maule. Pyncheon bought the land and died suspiciously with bloody-hand print on his neck. The story then fast-forwards 3 generations, to a women named Hepzibah Pyncheon. She lived alone in the massive house, except for a tenant named Holgrave. Hepzibah is a lonely old woman, with no friends except Mr. Holgrave. Because of her vision problems, she scowls and everybody has mistaken her for a mean, grumpy lady. In her little store, she spots her cousin Judge Jeffrey Pyncheon, who is blamed for Clifford’s murderous accusation. A relative of theirs, Pheobe Pyncheon arrives that night, staying in the House. Both men, Clifford and Judge Jeffrey fall in love with Phoebe, causing another huge conflict. As Jeffrey tries to kiss Phoebe, things heat up once again between the families. With things getting out of hand, Holgrave decides to write a book about the family. Judge Jeffrey dies from a stroke suddenly, with the town assuming it with Clifford once again, and not knowing what to do, Clifford retreats into the house. I rated this book 3 out of 5, because of the confusing order. In the beginning, it goes back and forth from the colonial era to the present (late 1800’s to early 1900’s). Every now and then, it switches focus from each person, from the Colonel to Mr. Holgrave. Even though it might be confusing at first, once you get into the book, it is hard to put down. The reading goes by fast and the book hooks you. Overall, the book was an okay book, but if you like history and romantic books, you’ll love The House Of Seven Gables.
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Yes another book. : )
Guest More than 1 year ago
BORING...This book was very slow! I did not enjoy it and had a hard time finishing. It is a well written classic, just not my favorite.
maryelena More than 1 year ago
LIked the music.