A Merry Christmas: And Other Christmas Stories (Penguin by Louisa May Alcott

By Louisa May Alcott

One of 5 loved Christmas classics
A Merry Christmas collects the valuable vacation stories of Louisa may possibly Alcott, from the dearly known yule benevolence of Marmee and her “little women” to the undying “What Love Can Do,” in which the citizens of a boarding apartment come jointly to make a beautiful Christmas for 2 bad women. Wildly renowned on the time in their publication—readers deluged Alcott with letters not easy sequels—and drawing on Alcott’s relatives and reports within the abolitionist and women’s suffrage pursuits, those tales have the real texture and aspect of Christmas in nineteenth-century the United States, whereas their emphasis on generosity and charity cause them to undying embodiments of the Christmas spirit.

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This conclusion allows family inheritance to be recast in a positive light, abruptly silencing all the concerns about its antidemocratic repercussions. As Gillian Brown notes, the end of the novel imagines a happy ending as the separation of property from the misdeeds of the past so that it can be safely inherited and enjoyed: “No longer liable to the past, they are no (  ) American Blood longer liable to the moral debts and physical debilities property entails. ”34 The ending portrays hereditary property laundered of its undesirable connotations.

Rather than unilaterally contributing to the idealization of the liberalized domestic family, the literature of this period imagines coexistent, overlapping, proliferating, contradictory paradigms of inheritance. N. 22 Herman Melville’s Pierre (1852) voices a famous forecast of the weakening of families under democracy but follows it immediately with a catalog of examples in support of the claim that the old aristocratic family model based in inheritance is as strong on American soil as it is in Europe.

33 In narrating the most radical character’s turn to conservatism, the novel itself loses its radical character, restoring family relation as the most powerful guarantor of “the peaceful practice of society,” signified by the survival and orderly transmission of property (306–307). Holgrave’s sudden ideological shift mirrors the nineteenth-century abandonment of the republican stance against the antidemocratic effects of inheritance. This conclusion allows family inheritance to be recast in a positive light, abruptly silencing all the concerns about its antidemocratic repercussions.

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