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House of the Seven Gables

ISBN-10: 0674035755

ISBN-13: 9780674035751

Edition: 1965

Authors: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Denis Donoghue, N. Hawthorne

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List price: $12.50
Copyright year: 1965
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 12/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on July 4, 1804 in Salem, Mass. When Hawthorne was four years old, his father died. Years later, with financial help from his maternal relatives who recognized his literary talent, Hawthorne was able to enroll in Bowdoin College. Among his classmates were the important literary and political figures Horatio Bridge, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Franklin Pierce. These friends supplied Hawthorne with employment during the early years after graduation while Hawthorne was still establishing himself as a legitimate author. Hawthorne's first novel, Fanshawe, which he self-published in 1928, wasn't quite the success that he had hoped it would be. Not willing to give up, Hawthorne began writing stories for Twice-Told Tales. These stories established Hawthorne as a leading writer. In 1842, Hawthorne moved to Concord, Mass., where he wrote a number of tales, including "Rappaccini's Daughter" and "Young Goodman Brown," that were later published as Mosses from an Old Manse. The overall theme of Hawthorne's novels was a deep concern with ethical problems of sin, punishment, and atonement. No one novel demonstrated that more vividly than The Scarlet Letter. This tale about the adulterous Puritan Hester Prynne is regarded as Hawthorne's best work and is a classic of American literature. Other famous novels written by Hawthorne include The House of Seven Gables and The Blithedale Romance. In 1852, Hawthorne wrote a campaign biography of his college friend Franklin Pierce. After Pierce was elected as President of the United States, he rewarded Hawthorne with the Consulship at Liverpool, England. Hawthorne died in his sleep on May 19, 1864, while on a trip with Franklin Pierce.

Denis Donoghue is University Professor and Henry James Professor of English and American Letters at New York University.

Introduction to The House of the Seven Gables
Textual Introduction: The House of the Seven Gables
Note on the Typesetting
Preface
The Old Pyncheon Family
The Little Shop-Window
The First Customer
A Day behind the Counter
May and November
Maule's Well
The Guest
The Pyncheon of To-day
Clifford and Phoebe
The Pyncheon-Garden
The Arched Window
The Daguerreotypist
Alice Pyncheon
Phoebe's Good Bye
The Scowl and Smile
Clifford's Chamber
The Flight of Two Owls
Governor Pyncheon
Alice's Posies
The Flower of Eden
The Departure
Textual Notes
Editorial Emendations in the Copy-Text
Rejected First-Edition Substantive Readings
Word-Division
Historical Collation
Alterations in the Manuscript
Compositorial Stints in the First Edition
The Centenary Texts: Editorial Principles
Appendix to the Second Printing