Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic American novel, The House of the Seven Gables, is a cautionary tale of a house cursed by the wrongful deeds of its founder. Published in 1851, the novel was inspired by the seaside mansion owned by his cousin Susanna Ingersoll, that was constructed almost 200 years prior in 1668. Hawthorne drew information from his own family history when composing the story, as he is descended from the unrepentant “Hanging Judge” John Hathorne who presided over the 1692 Salem Witch Trials. Through The House of the Seven Gables, Hawthorne aims to prove what he knows from his own experience, that “the wrong-doings of one generation lives into the successive ones.”
The Modern Library Classics edition of the House of the Seven Gables includes an introduction be Mary Oliver, and commentary by Herman Melville, Edwin Percy Whipple, Henry T. Tuckerman, and F. O. Matthiessen. It also provides a Modern Library reading group guide.
Each Nathaniel Hawthorne book is stamped saying “Purchased from the House of the Seven Gables,” and with a facsimile of his signature from our archives.