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The House of the Seven Gables (Bantam Classics) by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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By Nathaniel Hawthorne

In a sleepy little New England village stands a depressing, weather-beaten, many-gabled apartment. This brooding mansion is haunted by means of a centuries-old curse that casts the shadow of ancestral sin upon the final 4 individuals of the particular Pyncheon relatives. Mysterious deaths threaten the dwelling. Musty files nestle in the back of hidden panels wearing the key of the family's salvation--or its downfall.

Hawthorne known as the home of the Seven Gables "a Romance," and freely bestowed upon it many desirable gothic touches. a super intertwining of the preferred, the symbolic, and the old, the radical is a robust exploration of private and nationwide guilt, a piece that Henry James declared "the closest method we're prone to need to the nice American Novel."

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He is nursed by his brother William and William舗s wife, Alice, and the three return to North America. William, also ill, dies shortly thereafter. James visits New York, where he receives psychiatric care. 1911 In August he returns to England. 1914 James begins work on two novels, The Ivory Tower and The Sense of the Past, which he will not complete before his death. 1915 James舗s health deteriorates. He becomes a British subject. 1916 On New Year舗s Day he receives the Order of Merit. On February 28 Henry James dies.

James made no substantive textual changes in the New York Edition of Wings comparable, for example, to what he did with The Portrait of a Lady, in which he made significant alterations, including most notably changes in the novel舗s ending, or with some of the other works that he drastically revised. In Wings, in addition to correcting mistakes, he sharpened the language of the text, by substituting more active and concrete images, and made his symbols more truly poetic. This Barnes & Noble Classics edition is based on the 1909 New York Edition and incorporates a small number of additional editorial changes made by subsequent scholars.

In demonstrating the force of her character by showing how she affects the others, James dramatizes her the more, just as he does with the figure of Mrs. Newsome in The Ambassadors (who never actually appears in the novel). Milly舗s presence is powerfully felt even in her absence. She animates the other characters; they are at first preoccupied with trying to figure her out and then they scheme to use her for their own purposes. Her seeming victimhood is demonstrated by the way the others constantly plot behind her back.

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