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The House of the Seven Gables, Salem, Massachusetts

The House of the Seven Gables is a real place. This historical site is the home of tons of Hawthorne-related materials, including the house where he was born. It also hosts many relics of the Puritan period in Massachusetts history.

National Geographic: The Salem Witch Trials

This interactive site walks you through the Salem witch trials, the historical backdrop for The House of the Seven Gables.

Nathaniel Hawthorne at Eldritch Press

This wonderful site hosts many of Hawthorne's miscellaneous writings as well as dozens of links and useful biographical tidbits.

"Hawthorne: Bicentennial Exhibition at the Phillips Library"

An interactive website introducing an exhibition of Hawthorne's papers at Phillips Library of the Peabody Essex Museum.

Movie or TV Productions

The House of the Seven Gables (1940)

With Vincent Price as Clifford Pyncheon!


From Melville To Hawthorne

Melville (of Moby-Dick fame) and Hawthorne were friends. Here's a letter from Melville to Hawthorne about The House of the Seven Gables.

"Chiefly About War Matters By a Peaceable Man"

Hawthorne's 1862 editorial on the progress of the Civil War.


The full text of The House of the Seven Gables, so you can search for passages and copy & paste quotes.


Movie Clip

Watch the beginning of the 1940 film adaptation. (Btw, you can watch the entire film on YouTube. This is part 1 of 11.)

The House of the Seven Gables on Stage

Adapted for the stage by David John Preece.

Tour the House of the Seven Gables

A tour of Salem and the historical site of the House of the Seven Gables. The House of the Seven Gables comes up around the 3 minute mark. (Part 1 of 3)


Amateur Audio Book

Listen to the novel, brought to you by LibriVox.


Nathaniel Hawthorne Looking Stiff

That is an amazing hairstyle. That's all we'll say.

Hawthorne Looking Young and Less Stiff

This one is a really famous portrait.

Hawthorne Looking Old

This is a daguerreotype much like Judge Pyncheon's.

Nathaniel Hawthorne's Birthplace

Located in Salem, Massachusetts.

The Actual House

Here's the real House of the Seven Gables, located in Salem, MA.

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