The Inheritance

The Inheritance

Paperback - 1998
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Alcott's enchanting debut novel Written in 1849, when Louisa May Alcott was just seventeen years old, The Inheritance is the captivating tale of Edith Adelon, an impoverished Italian orphan who innocently wields the charms of virtue, beauty, and loyalty to win her true birthright. A long lost letter reveals her secret inheritance, nothing less than the English estate on which she is a paid companion. But Edith is loath to claim it - for more important to her by far are the respect and affection of her wealthy patrons, and the love of a newfound friend, the kind and noble Lord Percy. Her first novel shows a young Alcott writing under the influence of the gothic romances and sentimental novels of her day. In their introduction, Professors Myerson and Shealy, who recovered Alcott's unpublished manuscript, explore how her unconventional upbringing and early literary influences shaped The Inheritance , and consider it in the light of her mature style, particularly that of her classic, Little Women. Edited with an Introduction and Notes by JOEL MYERSON and DANIEL SHEALY
Publisher: New York : Penguin, 1998
ISBN: 9780140436662
0140436669

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Alcott's first novel, written when she was 17. A rags-to-riches story, its characters are stereotypes, and yes, there are plot contrivances, but hey, it's the 19th century, so readers expected them. We can cut her slack because it is her first novel, and there is much promise in it.


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jhoerger Jun 22, 2014

I was ecstatic to discover a book by Alcott that I had not read! Obviously not as good as Little Women (my favorite!) but a lovely, fast read!

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