Title The House of the Seven Gables, 2/e (Norton Critical Edition)
Author Nathaniel Hawthorne
ISBN 9780393679465
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 504
Book size 134 x 209 mm
Publishing year 2020
Original publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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 “The notes and the annotations in this and other Norton volumes most influence my decision in choosing this text. I thought the volume excellent. My students commented that it was very helpful.”

—MARGARET MURRAY, Western Connecticut State University


This Norton Critical Edition includes:

  • The first edition of the novel, published in 1851 by Ticknor, Reed, and Fields.
  • Robert S. Levine’s insightful introduction, revised headnotes, expanded explanatory footnotes, and note on the text and annotations.
  • A generous selection of carefully chosen primary materials—three of them new to the Second Edition—intended to provide readers with essential backgrounds on the novel’s major themes.
  • An extensive selection of critical responses to The House of the Seven Gables from the time of its publication to the present day, including eight new to the Second Edition.
  • A chronology of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s life and work and a selected bibliography.


Breadth of the Apparatus

This second edition of Hawthorne’s popular novel explores its historical, biographical, and technological roots while also presenting over twenty contemporary, classic, and recent critical responses to this haunting tale—from Nina Baym to Christopher Castiglia and Mark Rifkin.


Updated Pedagogy

The novel is supported by Robert S. Levine’s thorough pedagogical treatment for the novel. Readers can delve into his full introduction, a note on the text and annotations addressing the new primary text, revised headnotes, and expanded annotations.


About the Series

Read by more than 12 million students over fifty-five years, Norton Critical Editions set the standard for apparatus that is right for undergraduate readers. The three-part format—annotated text, contexts, and criticism—helps students to better understand, analyze, and appreciate the literature, while opening a wide range of teaching possibilities for instructors. Whether in print or in digital format, Norton Critical Editions provide all the resources students need.



A Note on the Text and Annotations



The Text of The House of the Seven Gables



Thomas Maule • From Truth Held Forth and Maintained

Robert Calef • From More Wonders of the Invisible World

Joseph B. Felt • From Annals of Salem

Charles W. Upham • From Lectures on Witchcraft

Nathaniel Hawthorne • From The American Note-Books


Nathaniel Hawthorne • Alice Doane’s Appeal

Nathaniel Hawthorne • The Old Apple-Dealer


William Andrus Alcott • From The House I Live In

Edgar Allan Poe • The Fall of the House of Usher

Andrew Jackson Downing • [American Country Houses]

Catharine E. Beecher • [American Housekeepers]

Margaret Fuller • From The Great Lawsuit


Edgar Allan Poe • The Daguerreotype

Anonymous • From Daguerreotypes

Ralph Waldo Emerson • [Sea and Shore]

T. S. Arthur • From The Daguerreotypist

Frederick Douglass • [Our Photographic Process]

Southworth & Hawes • Daguerreotype of an Unidentified Elderly Couple

Charles Poyen • [Animal Magnetism]

Nathaniel Hawthorne • [Love Is the True Magnetism]

Charles Dickens • [Prison Discipline]

Nathaniel Hawthorne • [Railroads]




Nathaniel Hawthorne • From Letter to Horatio Bridge, March 15, 1851

Herman Melville • Letter to Hawthorne, [April 16,] 1851

Catharine Maria Sedgwick • From Letter to Mrs. K. S. Minot, May 4, 1851

Anonymous • [Grand Historical Picture]

Evert Augustus Duyckinck • [Cornelius Agrippa]

Edwin Percy Whipple • [Hawthorn’s Greatest Work]

Henry T. Tuckerman • [Sketches of Still-Life]

Harriet Beecher Stowe • [A Succession of Rembrandt Pictures]


Anthony Trollope • [A Ghastly Spirit of Drollery]

Henry James • [The House of the Seven Gables]

William Dean Howells • [Dim, Forlorn Wraiths]

D. H. Lawrence • [Vacuum Cleaner]

F. O. Matthiessen • [Energy of Disease]

Frederick C. Crews • [Imperfect Repression]

Richard H. Brodhead • [Double Exposures]

Eric J. Sundquist • [Mirror with a Memory]

Michael T. Gilmore • [The Marketplace]

Walter Benn Michaels • [Property Rights]

Gillian Brown • [Home Business]


Amy Schrager Lang • From Home, in the Better Sense: The Model Woman, the Middle Class, and the Harmony of Interests

Christopher Castiglia • From The Marvelous Queer Interiors of The House of the Seven Gables

Nina Baym • The Heroine of The House of the Seven Gables; or, Who Killed Jaffrey Pyncheon? • Robert S. Levine • Genealogical Fictions: Race in The House of the Seven Gables and Pierre

Holly Jackson • From The Transformation of American Family Property in The House of the Seven Gables

Marcy J. Dinius • The House of the Seven Gables as Daguerreian Romance

Mark Rifkin • Needing the Deed: Hawthorne, Locke, and Native Lands in Maine

Carl Ostrowski • The Discharged Convict in The House of the Seven Gables

William Gleason • The Missing Window: Caroline Emmerton, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and The House of the Seven Gables

Nathaniel Hawthorne: A Chronology

Selected Bibliography

About the Editor:

Robert S. Levine, Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, is general editor of The Norton Anthology of American Literature. Awarded Guggenheim and NEH Senior Fellowships, he is author of The Lives of Frederick Douglass, among other works. He lives in Ellicott City, Maryland.

Target Audience:

Students and academicians of English Literature.


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