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The House of the Seven Gables

Nathaniel Hawthorne - Author

Milton R. Stern - Editor/introduction

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ISBN 9780140390056 | 368 pages | 27 Aug 1981 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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This 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 façade and exposed the true human condition.