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The House of the Seven Gables

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The House of the Seven Gables, a dark Gothic novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne, was published in 1851 and deals with the themes of guilt, revenge, and atonement. The novel follows the intricate dynamics within the Pyncheon family of the 1800s and is inspired by an actual house in Salem, Massachusetts. The story begins as the current occupant, Hepzibah Pyncheon, opens a shop in the building intent to help her poor situation and to support her brother Clifford, who is about to be discharged from prison after serving 30 years for murder.

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