Newsletter   Secure Checkout   Shopping Cart (0 Items)  
Search:    Welcome Guest! Save up to 30-40% on most items with our awesome everyday discounts!

Aunt Jane's Nieces [Paperback]

Our Price $ 12.60  
Retail Value $ 15.00  
You Save $ 2.40  (16%)  
Item Number 262719  
Buy New $12.60
Available on the Internet only.

Item description for Aunt Jane's Nieces by Robert A. Baum Edith Van Dyne...

Aunt Jane's Nieces by Robert A. Baum Edith Van Dyne

Promise Angels is dedicated to bringing you great books at great prices. Whether you read for entertainment, to learn, or for literacy - you will find what you want at!

Item Specifications...

Pages   340
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.7" Width: 6.22" Height: 0.91"
Weight:   0.97 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 31, 2003
Publisher   International Wizard of Oz Club
ISBN  193076409X  
ISBN13  9781930764095  

Availability  64 units.
Availability accurate as of Oct 24, 2016 06:08.
Usually ships within one to two business days from La Vergne, TN.
Orders shipping to an address other than a confirmed Credit Card / Paypal Billing address may incur and additional processing delay.

More About Robert A. Baum Edith Van Dyne

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Are You The Artisan or Author behind this product?
Improve our customers experience by registering for an Artisan Biography Center Homepage.

Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General > Contemporary

Reviews - What do customers think about Aunt Jane's Nieces?

A Masterpiece  Jul 2, 2003
What began as a pseudonymous attempt to ape Louisa May Alcott became an ingenious reworking of the ideas of Shakespeare's _King Lear_ to fit Baum's personal views. The book is the first in a series of ten, but is a very strong standalone novel. In it we are introduced to Beth DeGraf, 15, the bright daughter of a poor Ohio music teacher, Patsy Doyle, 16, a fiercely independent hairdresser, and Louise Merrick, a flighty near-17-year-old living on life insurance that has her on the lookout for a husband--both of whom are in New York City. Each is alerted that their aunt, Jane Merrick, is dying, and that she wants to meet each niece and see if she is worthy of her fortune. Beth and Louise are each determined to make Jane like them, while Patsy refuses, despite her station, to accept any charity, until Jane sends furhter pleas.

The nieces meet each other for the first time at Jane's mansion, Elmhurst, not expecting to find another. They are informed that the estate will go to whomever Jane likes best. Louise and Beth become enemies for a time being, which makes Jane gravitate toward Patsy, who reminds her of herself. She was given the mansion as the dying wish of her fiancé, on the provision that she care for his family, which consists of a 16-year-old nephew, Kenneth Forbes, who is the ward of attorney Silas Watson. Jane finds Kenneth contemptibly stupid, since he is an artist afraid of girls.

Not only that, but Jane's brother John, who supposedly made money canning in the Pacific Northwest, comes back in tattered clothing and a filthy white tie, and she expects he has come to drain her as well, since none of the family ever did like her.

Patsy attempts to make contact with Kenneth several times, but he has an escape route across the roof and down a tree, and Patsy seriously injures herself chasing after him. This is a major turning point in the relationships of all the characters, who are nowhere near as simplisticly defined or predictable as I suggested in my first paragraph. Strong, real, and heartfelt, with Baum's vivd style transporting you to Elmhurst and its colorful staff (Donald, Misery, Susan, Oscar, and the rest) as easily as he does to Oz. It has plenty of plot twists to keep you guessing, too.

It's no wonder the series was so popular as to spawn nine sequels (in which the characters grew and changed, married, got jobs, and had families) that spread beyond focused the teenage girl readership to boys and adults. Back in print after an absence of nearly seventy years, this book deserves to be revered, and mentioned within the same breath as comparble books of the period like Frances Hodgson Burnett's _The Secret Garden_. That Baum was a strong supporter of women's rights gives this book a startlingly contemporary feel, as if written in the present about the past, despite its distinctively Baumian rhythms and 1906 narrative language and pacing.

I am currently at work on an operatic adaptation, which shows how deeply this work sung to me. I give it my highest possible recommendation to you, too. If your daughters enjoy books about life in the early-20th century, this is an absolute must-read for them. And read it yourself, too, you may be as charmed as I was by the three cousins, their Uncle John, and their dying aunt who wasn't so much mean as an independent, intellect-driven free spirit in a time when that was much more frowned upon.


Write your own review about Aunt Jane's Nieces

Ask A Question or Provide Feedback regarding Aunt Jane's Nieces

Item Feedback and Product Questions
For immediate assistance call 888.395.0572 during the hours of 10am thru 8pm EST Monday thru Friday and a customer care representative will be happy to help you!

Help us continuously improve our service by reporting your feedback or questions below:

I have a question regarding this product
The information above is incorrect or conflicting
The page has misspellings or incorrect grammar
The page did not load correctly in my browser or created an error.

Email Address:
Anti Spam Question. To combat spammers we require that you answer a simple question.
What color is the sky?
Leave This Blank :
Do Not Change This Text :

Add This Product Widget To Your Website

Looking to add this information to your own website? Then use our Product Widget to allow you to display product information in a frame that is 120 pixels wide by 240 pixels high.

    Copy and paste the following HTML into your website and enjoy!

Order toll-free weekdays 10am thru 10pm EST by phone: 1-888-395-0572 (Lines are closed on holidays & weekends.)
Customer Service | My Account | Track My Orders | Return Policy | Request Free Catalog | Email Newsletter

Gift Certificates
RSS Feeds
About Us
Contact Us
Terms Of Use
Privacy Policy