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|Contents:||Introduction ; 1 Abandoned and Adopted in a New World ; 2 Problems of Patrimony: Benjamin Franklin and Ann Sargent Gage ; 3 Adoption Averted in The Scarlet Letter ; 4 Plotting Adoption: Dependence and Independence ; 5 Child Saving, Nation Building: The Wide, Wide World and The Lamplighter ; 6 Servitude and Homelessness: Harriet Wilson's Our Nig ; 7 The Limits of Nurture: Louisa May Alcott's Adoption Fiction ; 8 Charity Begins and Ends at Home: Edith Wharton's Summer ; Index|
|Responsibility:||Carol J Singley.|
Singley's very timely and original re-reading of many classic texts proves once more that we students of the canon never exhaust it. Such rich books as The Scarlet Letter and Our Nig, Little Women,