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The Inheritance by Louisa May Alcott
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May 05, 2008

it was ok
Read in May, 2008

This was Alcott's first novel, written when she was 17. Had I not known that, I don't think I would have been able to get through it. But I was interested in seeing how her earlier works of fiction compared to Little Women, and later books. I think the point made to Jo in Little Women, that you should write about what you know, may have been learned by Louisa in early attempts at writing, such as this one. This book was just so sterile--none of the characters seemed real and the storyline was very predictable. Night and day compared to Little Women.
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message 1: by Mary Etta (new)

Mary Etta Thanks, Faith. Interesting comments. Our book group just read, "American Bloomsbury" which discusses Louisa and the numerous writers in her community with whom she associated. I was wondering about "Inheritance" as well as her personal fav, which I now cannot remember the title! (Polly may remember) Interestingly, "Little Women" was written at the insistence of her editor.

message 2: by Polly (new)

Polly Have you found a copy of Moods? The author of American Bloomsbury thought is was the best of the early work. I think it may have been the one with two leading men--one rather Thoreau-like and one Emerson-like. Sounds interesting.

message 3: by Mary Etta (new)

Mary Etta My library doesn't have it.

I found this link which previews a re-publication of Moods, both Louisa's original version and a later version.

I'm not sure if this link will work here, but give it a try.

Mary Etta

message 4: by Mary Etta (new)

Mary Etta The U of VA has books online, full text. Moods is at:

message 5: by Polly (new)

Polly The reference librarian does it again! I liked what I read.

AngieA I'm on page 66, and I have to agree with the review whole heartedly. The dialog is something like one would think English nobility would speak. Kinda Shakespearan without the iambic pentameter :)

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