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The House Of The Seven Gables- Personal Reflections of Nathaniel Hawthorne Nathanial Hawthorne Considered to be one of the greatest American writers of the 19th century But did you know that he hated portraits and it is now thought that he was a mild manic-depressive Born in Salem Massachusetts on July 4 1804 A decendant of a long puritan line of Hathornes His ancestry included his great-great grandfather John Hathorne who was a judge at the Salem witch trials 112 years before Nathanial was born Judge John Hathorne charged many with the crime of witchcraftand condemned them to their deaths Nathanial was embaressed by this and changed the spelling of his last name from Hathorne to Hawthorne Alot of his family history life experiences and where he lived influenced his writing greatly Hawthorne had a cousin Susannah Ingersoll When he was young in Salem he would frequently visit her in her mansion she lived there alone The house had a secret staircase and once had seven gables This house Nathanial visited in his youth was his inspiration for the house in his book The House Of The Seven Gables The story of The House Of The Seven Gables streches over two centuries Its the classic scenario of two rival families in this case the Pyncheons weathly aristocratic puritans and the Maules humbler paupers The story of these two families begins with Matthew Maule who owned a certain amount of land and built himself a hut to live in in this new puritan settlement Maule was a hard working but obscure man who was stubborn and protected what was his His rival arrived at the settlement about 30 to 40 years after Maule had been there Colonel Pyncheon an ambicious and determined man had a high position in the town It was said that Colonel Pyncheon was very much for the execution of those who practiced witchcraft and it
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