The House of the Seven Gables

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Michael Davitt Bell

Dimensions:  128x195mm
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Publisher: Oxford World's Classics
Introduction by: Michael Davitt Bell
Language: English
Place of publication: Oxford
Date of publication:

The House of the Seven Gables
(ISBN: 978-0-19-953912-3)



Although direct references to Swedenborg in Hawthorne’s work are rare, there is no doubt that he was heavily exposed to Swedenborgian ideas throughout his life—at Brook Farm; from Emerson and Thoreau; during his stay in Europe. One can certainly detect this influence inThe House of the Seven Gables, a self-proclaimed Romance that abounds with magic, spirits and mystics. As well as these broadly occult undercurrents however, Devin Zuber is right to point out more specific Swedenborgian resonances: Uncle Venner remarks that ‘Angels do not toil, but let their good works grow out of them’ (p.82); later on, the narrator is moved to refer to moonbeams as ‘a kind of window or doorway into the spiritual world’ (p.281).