As far as classics go, I'm always surprised that such a delicious read doesn't make the list of top 10 classics very often. Usually it's Jane Austin, Emily Bronte, Charles Dickens, etc. But then, I was always good for picking out the more obscure classics and adding them to my faves list (enter Ivanhoe -- a story for another day).
Hawthorne penned one of the first great All-American horror novels because, as you may not know, Frankenstein and Count Dracula are not, nor will they ever be, American tales of fright. In the delicious way of Hawthorne, he takes the reader on a journey through generations of a gabled house who's walls are truly alive and who's dark recesses hide family secrets that may wound...or even kill.
What obscure throwback classic do you hail as a favorite?