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Southworth considered Ishmael to be her best work.
It's inspirations to wisdom and goodness were drawn from the real life examples of the heroes and statesmen of the American Revolution.
The novel tells the story of Ishmael, born into poverty and virtuously climbing to success.
A utopian novel. Julian West falls into an hypnotic trance near the end of the 19th Century and awakens more than 100 years later
(right around now) to find America transformed into a socialist utopia. Bellamy uses the conceit to explore his ideas of how to improve society.
In his day E. P. Roe was a bigger seller than Mark Twain.
"In the Opening of a Chestnut Burr, Mr. Roe has made a marked advance upon his two previous stories.
He has already exhibited a remarkable power of description, which in this volume he uses with good effect in the scenes of
fire and shipwreck. It is thoroughly religious, thoroughly Christian both in tone and teaching."
-- Harper's Magazine. (a contemporary review)
The novel tells the story of a young boy 'Dick' and his climb to success.
Dick has a low start in life growing up on the streets of post civil war New York City
but he is honest and hardworking and his loyalty and persistence pay off.
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