The House of the Seven Gables

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-12-15
  • Publisher: Belknap Pr
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Following on the heels of The Scarlet Letter, The House of the Seven Gables was intended to be a far sunnier book than its predecessor and one that would illustrate "the folly" of tumbling down on posterity "an avalanche of ill-gotten gold, or real estate." Many critics have faulted the novel for its explaining away of hereditary guilt or its contradictory denial of it. Denis Donoghue instructs the reader in a fresh appreciation of the novel.The John Harvard Library edition reproduces the authoritative text of The House of the Seven Gables in the Centenary Edition of the Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Table of Contents

Introduction to The House of the Seven Gables
Textual Introduction: The House of the Seven Gables
Note on the Typesetting
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
Historical Collation
Alterations in the Manuscript
Compositorial Stints in the First Edition
The Centenary Texts: Editorial Principles
Appendix to the Second Printing
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