The House of the Seven Gables
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1851)
My road trip this past summer included a stop in Salem, Massachusetts, the perfect excuse to finally check the box on this American classic. Nathaniel Hawthorne was a frequent visitor to his cousin’s seaside mansion, which served as the inspiration for his tale of a cursed house, tinged by witchcraft and mysterious sudden death.
My reading of Seven Gables was definitely enhanced by the excellent house tour, fresh in my mind, but I’d recommend it to anyone curious about the book that distilled life in 19th-century New England, defined Hawthorne’s reputation, and set the bar for American gothic fiction.