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Book Title: The Doctor's Family|
The author of the book: Mrs. Oliphant
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 3.96 MB
Edition: Oxford University Press, USA
Date of issue: April 24th 1986
ISBN 13: 9780192817334
Read full description of the books The Doctor's Family:I really enjoyed these stories (2 short stories and a novella) and debated a 4 or 5. It's not really fair to compare, but I just rated Bleak House a 5 and needed to make some distinction. Although Oliphant is not as popular today, I agree that she can be favorably compared with George Eliot and Jane Austen.
The book revolves around Dr. Rider and his challenging relationships with his brother, Fred, sister-in-law, Susan, and Susan's sister Nettie. Although the end of the story was predictable, the way it came about, and some events along the way, surprised me.
I switched to this version of The Doctor's Family (Chronicles of Carlingford #2) because it also includes in the description the short story "The Executor", which in my opinion is important to read before the novella. "The Executor" introduces the character of Bessie Christian, who is mentioned a number of times in the novella and explains part of the doctor's thought process on his relationship with Nettie.
Other residents of Carlingford have been introduced and I look forward to learning more about their stories as I continue the series. If you like 19th century literature, especially Eliot and Austen, I recommend this.
Read information about the authorMargaret Oliphant Wilson Oliphant (née Margaret Oliphant Wilson), was a Scottish novelist and historical writer, who usually wrote as Mrs. Oliphant. Her fictional works encompass "domestic realism, the historical novel and tales of the supernatural".
Margaret Oliphant was born at Wallyford, near Musselburgh, East Lothian, and spent her childhood at Lasswade (near Dalkeith), Glasgow and Liverpool. As a girl, she constantly experimented with writing. In 1849 she had her first novel published: Passages in the Life of Mrs. Margaret Maitland which dealt with the Scottish Free Church movement. It was followed by Caleb Field in 1851, the year in which she met the publisher William Blackwood in Edinburgh and was invited to contribute to the famous Blackwood's Magazine. The connection was to last for her whole lifetime, during which she contributed well over 100 articles, including, a critique of the character of Arthur Dimmesdale in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter.
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