The House of the Seven Gables

The House of the Seven Gables

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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.
Publisher: Harmondsworth, Middlesex ; New York, N.Y. : Penguin, 1981
Copyright Date: ©1965
ISBN: 9780140390056
0140390057
Branch Call Number: FICTION HAWTH...N
Characteristics: xl, 326 pages ; 18 cm
Additional Contributors: Stern, Milton R.

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Oct 23, 2015

'Haunted'? 'Cursed'? Good grief. Remember that it was written in 1850 and don't go looking for a thrilling Hallowe'en read here! Quite verbose, as novels of that time were, it takes awhile - a long while, to develop. Not one of my favourites.

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