Eight Cousins

A review attributed to the great Henry James at the time of Eight Cousins's publication called Alcott, "the Thackeray, the Trollope, of the nursery and the school room... she is a satirist". In this 1875 book, Rose - our heroine - has seven boisterous boy cousins and various other repugnant relatives. This tale is of how she strips away the "shams of life" with the help of a burly, honest seaman uncle. James saw, though, that Alcott's gift for writing for children was here worryingly adult-centred, viewing their concerns from the outside and neglecting to show the joys of genuinely childish and fun life. Further, the uncle and niece's sheer viciousness towards their irritating relatives at times prevents us from siding with them.

Table of contents
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24

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