Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Literary Houses

I've been meaning to do this post since last week, but wouldn't you know, I got busy with life and never got around to it. Over the weekend we went to Arkansas to visit the in-laws, see my sister graduate, and help her move back where she belongs - home with us! Not literally in our home, but close enough that I can see that baby sister any time I want. I'm beyond thrilled! So there's my excuse...on to the homes:

The Gothics:

The House of Seven Gables - featured in the book of the same name by Nathaniel Hawthorne. This picture is of the actual house itself in Salem, MA. The book centers around a curse placed on the house and the family who inhabits it as a result of their ancestral involvement in the Salem Witch Trials.

Hill House, a movie version, from the book The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. Another haunted house, this one being studied by four individuals, one of whom has a connection to the house. The house itself is often considered the fifth character.
Manderly, as imagined by Hitchcock in his movie version of the classic by Daphne du Maurier. Another home that may or may not be haunted plays a large role in this psychological thriller about a new wife who can't seem to escape the ghost of her new husband's previous wife.
Other Gothic Homes:

The House of Usher - featured in "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe

The Castle of Otranto - features in the book by the same name by Horace Walpole

Thrushcross Grange - setting for Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Thornfield - where the madwoman is housed in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

The Overlook Hotel - scene of paranormal horror in The Shining by Stephen King

There are so many more, not just gothic novels, but houses in completely different genres of literature. I'll be posting on this for a while.

Question for today: which houses have I missed? What's your favorite gothic literary home?

1 comment:

  1. The Great Gatsby (F Scott Fitzgerald) Who wouldn't want to attend one of the parties held there?

    - Deborah

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