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Abbot's Ghost: A Christmas Story [Hardcover]

By Louisa May Alcott (Author)
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Pages   132
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.2" Width: 5.26" Height: 0.61"
Weight:   0.43 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 10, 2005
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  1404186158  
EAN  9781404186156  
UPC  023755017758  


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Maurice Traherne is wrongly accused of fraud and gambling and must play a careful hand if he is to win his love, Octavia, from the grasp of other, less honorable men and retain the trust of those who had faith in him. Traherne is temporarily crippled saving the life of his well-born friend, Jaspar. Thus, Jaspar is assured of inheriting his father's estate, but it is expected that Traherne will inherit great wealth as gratitude for saving the heir. But--surprise!--on the death of Jaspar's father all are shocked to learn that Traherne has been disinherited: the will has been changed at the last minute and only the suffering Traherne knows why but won't tell and then he falls in love with Jaspar's sister, the fair Octavia. However, Octavia is forbidden to marry, as Traherne is penniless.

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Maurice Traherne is wrongly accused of fraud and gambling and must play a careful hand if he is to win his love, Octavia, from the grasp of other, less honorable men and retain the trust of those who had faith in him. Traherne is temporarily crippled saving the life of his well-born friend, Jaspar. Thus, Jaspar is assured of inheriting his father's estate, but it is expected that Traherne will inherit great wealth as gratitude for saving the heir. But--surprise --on the death of Jaspar's father all are shocked to learn that Traherne has been disinherited: the will has been changed at the last minute and only the suffering Traherne knows why but won't tell and then he falls in love with Jaspar's sister, the fair Octavia. However, Octavia is forbidden to marry, as Traherne is penniless.

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More About Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott Louisa May Alcott was born on November 29, 1832, in Germantown, Pennsylvania. Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson were family friends. Alcott wrote under various pseudonyms and only started using her own name when she was ready to commit to writing. Her novel "Little Women" gave Louisa May Alcott financial independence and a lifetime writing career. She died in 1888.

Early Life

Famed novelist Louisa May Alcott was born on November 29, 1832, in Germantown, Pennsylvania. Alcott was a best-selling novelist of the late 1800s, and many of her works, most notably Little Women, remain popular today.

Alcott was taught by her father, Amos Bronson Alcott, until 1848, and studied informally with family friends such as Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Theodore Parker. Residing in Boston and Concord, Massachusetts, Alcott worked as a domestic servant and teacher, among other positions, to help support her family from 1850 to 1862. During the Civil War, she went to Washington, D.C. to work as a nurse.

Acclaimed Author

Unknown to most people, Louisa May Alcott had been publishing poems, short stories, thrillers, and juvenile tales since 1851, under the pen name Flora Fairfield. In 1862, she also adopted the pen name A.M. Barnard, and some of her melodramas were produced on Boston stages. But it was her account of her Civil War experiences, Hospital Sketches (1863), that confirmed Alcott's desire to be a serious writer. She began to publish stories under her real name in Atlantic Monthly and Lady's Companion, and took a brief trip to Europe in 1865 before becoming editor of a girls' magazine, Merry's Museum.

The great success of Little Women (1869–70) gave Alcott financial independence and created a demand for more books. Over the final years of her life, she turned out a steady stream of novels and short stories, mostly for young people and drawn directly from her family life. Her other books include Little Men (1871), Eight Cousins (1875) and Jo's Boys (1886). Alcott also tried her hand at adult novels, such as Work (1873) and A Modern Mephistopheles (1877), but these tales were not as popular as her other writings.

Louisa May Alcott lived in Germantown. Louisa May Alcott was born in 1832 and died in 1888.

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Not A Great Ghost Story or Christmas Story  Jan 5, 2009
I read Alcott's "The Abbot's Ghos"t hoping it would be a fun and scary Victorian ghost story centered around Christmas (the subtitle is "A Christmas Story"). It falls far short of the best of the genre, authors of which include the most wonderful Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins, as well as Dinah Mulock Craik, Rhoda Broughton, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, and Charlotte Riddell. The Abbot's Ghost contains all the necessary elements: a grand gathering at an ancient estate in England, a disinherited heir, a titled heir (but does he deserve the title?), a scheming beauty, an innocent beauty, a crippled man in need of a miracle (guess what?), a narrow-minded matriarch, and an army man or two. Oh yes, and a SECRET and, of course, a ghost. But there is nothing much more, other than flat physical descriptions, inert characters, predictable plot lines, and a painfully drawn moral conclusion.

Louisa May Alcott's life is fascinating to me; fascinating in how rich her experiences were as the daughter of a prominent transcendentalist and with friends like Hawthorne and Thoreau, and in the contrasting flatness of her work. Her life was interesting but her writing is damn boring.My advice: read about Alcott's life, for example in the book "Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father", by John Matteson, and let her books stay in the library, warming the shelves.
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