The House of the Seven Gables

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In 1851, following the huge success of his earlier novel, “The Scarlet Letter”, American author, Nathaniel Hawthorne published the Gothic romance, “The House of the Seven Gables”. The inspiration for the book came from a house in Salem Massachusetts, that was owned by his ancestors who had been involved in the famous witch trials of 1692. In writing the novel, Hawthorne expressed concern that he had more difficulty than he did with his earlier work, though when it was finally released it was a huge success. In reflection, Hawthorne said, "It sold finely and seems to have pleased a good many people." Prior to its release, his wife Sophia told her mother that he had read her the ending and she expressed that "there is unspeakable grace and beauty in the conclusion, throwing back upon the sterner tragedy of the commencement an ethereal light, and a dear home-loveliness and satisfaction." The book had a strong influence on the work of H. P. Lovecraft and has been adapted several times to film and television.

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Designed for school districts, educators, and students seeking to maximize performance on standardized tests, Webster’s paperbacks take advantage of the fact that classics are frequently assigned readings in English courses. By using a running thesaurus at the bottom of each page, this edition of The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne was edited for students who are actively building their vocabularies in anticipation of taking PSAT®, SAT®, AP® (Advanced Placement®), GRE®, LSAT®, GMAT® or similar examinations.

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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.

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