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By Nathaniel Hawthorne

First released in 1851, the home of the Seven Gables is considered one of Hawthorne's defining works, a brilliant depiction of yank lifestyles and values replete with brilliantly etched characters. the story of a cursed residence with a "mysterious and bad prior" and the generations associated with it, Hawthorne's chronicle of the Maule and Pyncheon households over centuries finds, in Mary Oliver's phrases, "lives stuck within the universal fireplace of history."

This glossy Library Paperback Classics version makes use of the definitive textual content as ready for The Centenary variation of the Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne; this is often the licensed version of the heart for Scholarly variants (Modern Language Association). It contains newly commissioned notes at the textual content.

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