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(Wheeler Large Print (Feature Selection))
Hardcover, 149 pages
Published February 1st 1998 by Turtleback Books (first published 1849)
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Oct 01, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
Only a seventeen year old could write this book. The fact that it is Louisa May Alcott only explains why a seventeen year old is writing books, but that is as far as it goes because this is no “Little Women.”. Alcott scholars were so excited to find the manuscript of her first book, “The Inheritance” during the summer of 1988. Up until then, it had never been published. There was a reason for that. The heroine, Edith Adelon, is so sweet and good that she makes the Disney princesses look like bra ...more
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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In 1997, The Inheritance was made into a film and it's one of my favorites! It's written by Louisa May Alcott who wrote Little Women.

A 19th-century woman Edith Adelon, companion to a blue-blooded New England girl Miss Amy Hamilton, falls for an aristocrat, James Percy, but a jealous cousin to the family, a Ida Glenshaw, tries her best to destroy every chance poor Edith might have of winning James's heart!

Laura Verret
Edith Adelon is comfortably provided for by her beloved friends, the Hamiltons, who, though she was but a lowly Italian orphan when they discovered her, have treated her with more kindness and generosity than she could have ever hoped to claim from them. The two young Hamiltons, Amy and Arthur, treat her as a beloved sister, and Lady Hamilton, though not as warm as her children, expresses a degree of affection that she deems stately. The only member of the household who dislikes Edith is Cousin ...more
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At the lush Evenswood estate in Concord, Massachusetts, Edith Adelon, a beautiful orphan, lives as the paid companion to the daughter of the wealthy Hamilton family, although they regard her as one of their own. Years ago, Henry Hamilton saved Edith from an Italian orphanage at the request of his long-deceased brother. Now, Edith is his daughter Amy's prized friend and confidante. As the Hamiltons await a trio of visitors for the annual Greens Cup horse race, Beatrice Hamilton asks for
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Throughly enjoyable! This was my first Allcot and I was given it for Christmas by a wonderful friend and I am so glad she did!
The hero who was so kind and loving and caring! The heroine was sweet and the whole story was delightful. There were some very dislikable characters (who had me shouting at the book!) and some bubbly characters who were great to read about! There were a few events in the plot that were left hanging or that seemed to sort themselves out rather quickly but it didn't matter
It is a sweet, lovely story written by seventeen-year-old girl. Louisa May Alcott was a wise and observant writer from the beginning. Her first novel isn't very subtle. Mostly it is a love story and the story about how much a human needs another human to love. It is rather easy to predict (save one surprising event). Nonetheless, I have had a nice time like I was listening a pretty, enjoyable melody. The melody I was hearing for the first time although her familiarity have warmed my heart. Perha ...more
May 05, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 ve ...more
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's obvious this book is no Little Women, but Alcott wrote this at 17. 17! I could never have written a novel this charming (or at all) at 17. The characters are all pretty one-dimensional and the plot is fairly predictable, but it is absolutely delightful. I adored it.
Summer Lane
So interesting. Louisa May Alcott is a treasure, and it was fascinating to read this very short novel, which is projected to have been penned when Alcott was just 17 years-old. You can tell that she was very young when she wrote it, and - being the highly autobiographical writer that she tended to be - she integrated much of her own feelings and passion into it. Worth a read...and it's amusing to note that the words "pale," "pure," and "cheek," were used on at least every page.

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Behind a Mask, or a Woman's Power (1866)
The Abbot's Ghost, or Maurice Treherne's Temptation (1867)
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Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania on November 29, 1832. She and her three sisters, Anna, Elizabeth and May were educated by their father, philosopher/ t
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