The House of the Seven Gables
by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Where It All Goes Down
The House of the Seven Gables, 1850s New England
It's pretty rare that the central symbol of a book is also the setting, but that's the case with The House of the Seven Gables. For more on the gloomy, twisted Pyncheon home that provides the backdrop to this novel, check out our "Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory" section.
For some thoughts on the New England setting, check out "In a Nutshell."