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The Hidden Hand by E.D.E.N. Southworth
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Jul 04, 2011

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Read from June 26 to July 04, 2011

It's farcical, it's ridiculous, it's great! (and it's free from Project Gutenberg) Good thing I'm somewhat aware of the conventions of serial potboilers.

Recommended by msmcknittington. One thing she said about the book was that when Louisa May Alcott writes about Jo in Little Women learning to write novels, Alcott invents an author with a similar name to E.D.E.N. Southworth. Jo first attempts to write exciting novels like the famous potboiler writer does, but then decides to write novels that are true and real instead. I loved reading "The Hidden Hand" and imagining Jo devouring these books up in her attic, because clearly if Jo attempted to write in this style she must have read some such books too!

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Cera Alcott wrote some books in this style herself -- it's what she loved, but she had to pay the bills, and Little Women is what sold.

Milele How ironic!!

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