People ask me all the time: how did Nathaniel Hawthorne build the House of the Seven Gables? How did he come up with the idea for the House?Read More
Wait. There aren’t any Africans, or enslaved peoples, or anything about Africa or the trading of enslaved peoples in House of the Seven Gables, right? Well reader, sometimes the absence of something can say just as much about how a culture remembers something as its presence.Read More
At some point you’re going to wonder: why is he doing this? Why would anyone do this? Why would he keep writing things about this single book that I haven’t even read?Read More
In our last post, we began to discover the hidden connections between Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The House of the Seven Gables and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. What on Earth could these two novels have to do with one another, you wondered?Read More
Wait a minute, you’re probably thinking. Wasn’t this blog was The House of the Seven Gables? Well, hear me out.
When you read Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House of the Seven Gables and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1923 modernist masterpiece The Great Gatsby in relatively close succession, you probably notice that . . .Read More
This is probably going to be hard for you to imagine. It might take some effort for you to wrap your brain around. What it used to be like to make books. What it used to take just to print the pages contained in a book.
Before the coming of the age of the stereotype plates. And how stereotype changed book publishing.Read More
By now, we’ve all reread Nathaniel Hawthorne’s second novel, House of the Seven Gables.
But we also have read Nathaniel Hawthorne’s first novel, The Scarlet Letter. Right? Right?Read More
House of the Seven Gables has never been out of print in the United States. I know that this is impressive. However, this does not make it anything like the best selling novel of all time. To Nathaniel Hawthorne’s chagrin, House of the Seven Gables was notRead More
House of the Seven Gables has never been out of print in the United States.
This is unusual, even for the books we patriotic Americans consider our literary classics.Read More
So this is Christmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun
This is what I have been trying to tell you.
We try not to talk about it. We pretend not to feel its long dark pervasive presence. But no matter how we deny it, we live in the shadow of the House of the Seven Gables.Read More
When I began this blog project, I knew that I would learn new things about Hawthorne, The House, and early America. I had, and still have, a general idea of what some of these things would be. But not others.Read More