The Inheritance

The Inheritance

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Influenced by the melodrama of the contemporary theater and the popular gothic novels of the time, Louisa May Alcott weaves a tale far removed from the reality of her everyday life in Boston. With a charm reminiscent of Jane Austen's novels, "The Inheritance" sets love and courtesy against depravity and dishonor--and with the help of a secret inheritance, allows virtue to prevail.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780613642927
Publisher: San Val
Publication date: 07/01/2003
Product dimensions: 5.22(w) x 7.82(h) x 0.77(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Louisa May Alcott was born in Pennsylvania, in 1832, the second of four daughters. After a period of serving as an army nurse, she published Hospital Sketches in 1863, followed by Gothic Romances and lurid thrillers. In 1868-9, she published Little Women, which proved so popular that it was followed by two sequels and several other novels. She died in 1888.

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The Inheritance 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 'The Inheritance,' by Louisa May Alcott, the main character, Edith, is a lonely girl brought into a rich home so that she could be friends with Amy, the youngest daughter. Edith catches the eye of the handsome Lord Percy while he visits with the family. The jealous Lady Ida, one of the ladies of the house, loves Lord Percy and feels that Edith is not of high enough blood to marry him. Lady Ida steals money from Amy's mother and then tries to have Edith thrown out of the house by blaming the missing money on her. Edith is too kind to suggest who she thinks has taken the money; and experiences many conflicts from being thrown out to losing a great friendship. The content of the book is filled with great description. Alcott takes you along as she opens the scenes: 'In a green park, where troops of bright-eyed deer lay sleeping under drooping trees and a clear lake mirrored in its bosom the flowers that grew upon it's edge...' The mood is set during the opening scene. The book is filled with scene after vivid scene, making the reader awe of the author's style and talent to entice one to read on, keeping up your couriosity until the end. 'The Inheritance' is a splendid young adult love novel just right for the romantic type. To absorb all that happens in this tale, its best to read it twice. The second time is much more enjoyable. The author writes beautifully for a 17-year-old.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Novel 'The Inheritance' was written to intrigue the persons who read and underestood the words on the pages. The characters were mysterious and the betrayel was real. I would describe a tale such as this a total world of irony and passion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Louisa May Alcott has been a favorite author of mine since I first started to read her books. The Inheritance is one of the best books she has ever written. It goes to show that although being 'good' is not always an easy thing, it is well worth it in the end. This novel is another great version of the Cinderella story. (Although well casted, the movie version of it could have followed the novel more accurately though.)
nocturnewytche on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up after I saw the made for TV movie version. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to read the story as well. This is a wonderful book and a great romantic adventure. I love Little Women, but I happen to find the Inheritance a GREAT story as well. Wonderfully written and so easy to enjoy reading!
StoutHearted on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While Alcott's early writing doesn't show any of the promise fulfilled by "Little Women," it does provide a charming little story for those interested in her work.Italian orphan Edith is taken in by Lady Hamilton to be a companion for her daughter. The family treats the girl well, but this is resented by a cousin, who plays the villain in the story. Edith learns a secret that benefits her greatly, while possibly harming her adopted family, and resolves to do the right thing to the end, even if her reputation may be wounded in the process.Edith is a character who out-goods Austen's Fanny Price. She says and does precisely the honorable thing at all times, and earns the admiration of her friends and potential suitor despite her low social class. While she does go through a conflict, it does not change her character in any way beyond making her the recipient of the titular inheritance. Truly, no other character, except possibly the villain cousin, really changes or grows as a character. They love Edith, then misunderstand her, then are corrected and love her even more. We cannot judge Alcott as a writer by this novel, as it was written before her talent was fully developed. But from this, we can see her imagination and good understanding of a story's structure. The tale flows well and swiftly, imparting a charming story, though trite by today's standards.
GramRock on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It is fun to read an emerging author's early work especially one from so long ago when the innocence of a 17 year old girl was so different from most of today's 17 year olds. One can see hints of Louisa May Alcott's coming greatness and maturity.
librisissimo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Substance: The half-English, half-Italian orphan Edith Adelon is rescued from poverty by a kind Brit looking for a companion for his daughter. Romance, conflict, and improbable good fortune ensue.Style: Alcott's style is what you would expect of a teen, but the foundation of her later writings is already well-laid.
MissClark on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sappy and melodramatic in the extreme, but it is a very early attempt by an author that never really grew out of the latter, if either. It still is a nice little story, with an almost Gothic feel at times.
Wiszard on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was written was Alcott was a teenager. It shows when compared to such literary classics as Alcott¿s own Little Women or Jane Austen¿s Pride and Prejudice. However, I found this tale to be enjoyable with a little twist.
books_ofa_feather on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had been searching for this book for a long time. My mom just happened upon a very nice copy at our local Goodwill store. I read the book in a day and am completely satisfied. Alcott always has such a way of making me fall in love with her characters and making my heart twist with despair at their despair. Her main character in The Inheritance, Edith, has qualities that I myself wish I had. The story has many examples of sacrifice and such devotion, that are very touching. This is a book worthy of a place on my shelf for years to come and one I can't wait to share with my own children someday.
rutabega on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Inheritance is the kind of book that teenage girls write and that teenage girls like to read - all because it's the sort of improbably romance that teenage girls like to fantasize about. It isn't great literature by any stretch, but it is certainly an entertaining read for what it is, and it offers a lovely glimpse into the development of a great writer. It's also always nice to know that though teenage girls have changed a lot since Alcott was one of them, they haven't changed in some essentials...
rainbowdarling on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Though Little Women is by far the best known novel by Louisa May Alcott, The Inheritance is quite certainly my favorite of them all. The main character is sweet and unassuming even in the face of unfounded accusations. It is a simple and sweet story, one to enjoy for quite some time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book makes it clear that Alcott took her own advice to "Read good books, love good things, and cultivate soul and body as wisely as possible." This book is marvelous for a 17 year old to have written. While without the same level of maturity and sophistication of her later work, The Inheritance is a riveting, albeit short, read. I wish it had been a little longer. Scott's influence is apperent, and also some Bronte and dare I say Austen. In our era of some many bad copycat novels written by experienced authors it is wonderful to find a good original story written by a teenager. No Alcott collection would be complete without this book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
its a graet loiusa may alcott novel ive read little women christines girls christines boys and girls by louisa may alcott theyre all grar books
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book takes place in Rome in a country setting with the main characters, Amy, Edith, Arthur, Lord Percy, Lady Ida, Lady Hamilton, and Lord Arlington. Amy is 17 and is very ill so all of her friends are trying to give her the best that she can have. Edith is adopted by Lady Hamilton so her niece, Amy, can have a playmate. As time goes by Lord Arlington begins to fall in love with Edith then she rejects him. I would not recommend this book to boys because it could be considered a love story. Some girls may like it and some may not. For me personally I didn't care for it that much. But others could like it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story was OK, it just seemed to take forever for Edith to find her lover. She also sometimes seemed more meek and quiet than some of Alcott's heroines are, so that took a bit of getting use to. I know the point was to picture her virtuous as you read, but there is a fine line between being spineless and being mannerly. It was a quick read, and I wish there was more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was an wonderful book. I encourge you to read it.