Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

The Gates Ajar
  • The Gates Ajar

  • When Mary Cabot loses her beloved brother in the war, she feels as though she will never feel peace again until the arrival of her widowed Aunt Winifred. Sharing the wisdom that has comforted her through her grief, Winifred offers Mary a groundbreaking view of the afterlife as a place of loving reunion with all those who were lost. Winifred's vision of the afterlife circulates within the community and attracts local adherents who have also suffered great loss in the war.

Elizabeth Stuart Phelps (1844-1911) was an early feminist American author and intellectual. Her novel The Gates Ajar became an instant bestseller to much literary acclaim. She was the first woman to lecture on George Eliot at Boston University and was a contributor, along with the likes of Henry James, to William Dean Howells's collaborative novel The Whole Family.

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