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Number of Pages: 149
Vendor: Penguin Classics
|Publication Date: 1998|
The Inheritance, set in an English country manor, is the story of Edith Adelon, an Italian orphan brought to England by Lord Hamilton as a companion for his children. With a charm reminiscent of Jane Austen's novels, Alcott's plot sets love and courtesy against depravity and dishonor -- and with the help of a secret inheritance, allows virtue to prevail.In their Introduction, Joel Myerson and Daniel Shealy relate their fortuitous discovery of Alcott's manuscript draft of The Inheritance (preserved at the Houghton Library of Harvard). They explore the forces -- both literary and personal -- that shaped the novel, and study how it foreshadowed Alcott's later work.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Louisa May Alcott was born in Pennsylvania, in 1832, the second of four daughters. After a period of serving as an army nurse, she published Hospital Sketches in 1863, followed by Gothic Romances and lurid thrillers. In 1868-9, she published Little Women, which proved so popular that it was followed by two sequels and several other novels. She died in 1888.
lo5 Stars Out Of 5September 21, 2007loThis is a VERY good book. When I first read it I was amazed that Alcott wrote it when she was only 17! This is a very heartwarming story.
Maria5 Stars Out Of 5January 9, 2004MariaWhen I first saw the book, I was sure I wouldn't like it. But, the saying is true. Never judge a book by it's cover. I was EXTREMELY impressed with this book, especialy since it was Alcott's first novel, which she wrote at 17. This is an amazingly good book and is well worth the price!