Nathaniel Hawthorne

The House of the Seven Gables


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Nathaniel Hawthorne
1851-03 First published
Publication Location Boston
Language English
Notes The novel follows a New England family and their ancestral home. Hawthorne explores themes of guilt, retribution, and atonement, and colors the tale with suggestions of the supernatural and witchcraft. The setting for the book was inspired by the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, a gabled house in Salem, MA, belonging to Hawthorne's cousin Susanna Ingersoll, and by ancestors of Hawthorne who had played a part in the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. The book was well received upon publication and later had a strong influence on the work of H. P. Lovecraft.


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