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The Lady from Philadelphia


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The Lady from Philadelphia records the antics of the most memorably and hopelessly bumbling of respectable American families. Confronted by the endless challenges of daily life, the Peterkins rise to every occasion with misguided aplomb- They sit out in the sun for hours and fail to go for a ride because they've forgotten to unhitch the horse; they play the piano from the porch through the parlor window because the movers left the keyboard turned that way; they decide to raise the ceiling to accommodate a too-tall Christmas tree.

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Lucretia Peabody Hale (1820-1900) was descended from two of New England's most illustrious families and grew up surrounded by Boston's nineteenth-century intelligentsia. By the time she was in her twenties, she was able to support herself by writing for several publications, including The Atlantic Monthly. Hale was also active in charity and politics and was elected as the first woman member of the Boston School Committee.


"How sorry we have felt for those who knew not Lucretia Hale and the Peterkins...a masterpiece." -The New York Times

"Lucretia P. Hale's Peterkin family and 'the lady from Philadelphia' are standard characters in American fiction, and surely that is much to say of an author in these book-crowded days.... Few writers leave behind them such a tribute to their greatness as the Peterkins are to Lucretia P. Hale, for the years pass them along to every new generation with the hint that human nature is about the same everywhere and all the time." -Harper's Bazaar

"People young and old, solemn and gay, rich and poor, will be glad to welcome a new edition of [The Lady from Philadelphia]. It is pleasant to meet the Peterkin family again...." -Chicago Tribune

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