The Works of Myrtle Reed

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As the novel opens, young and very beautiful Margery Gordon has recently been orphaned after the death of her father and has just arrived in a small country town to live with Martin Chandler, a middle-aged wheel-chair bound friend of her father.

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Very shortly after her arrival Margery meets Judith Sylvester, a neighbor who comes to her rescue and the two become fast friends. It is then through Judith that Margery becomes acquainted with Miss Cynthia Bancroft, Judith's middle-aged crippled aunt, and Carter Keith, Judith's dashing and devoted fiance. What begins for Margery as a quiet and simple life quickly becomes complicated and soon the reader is swept up in a tale of mysterious pasts and difficult matters of the heart. It is a bittersweet tale of love lost and love found.

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A Weaver of Dreams might be categorized as "Edwardian chick lit," but unlike modern chick-lit, it is contains more than the warm-fuzzy scenes. It is not on par with classics by Dickens or Austen, but Reed's dialog is witty and cynical and her prose influential. Valuable lessons in honesty, loyalty, and sacrificial love are woven into the story, yet without sermonizing the reader or detracting from the entertainment factor of the novel. I find it fascinating that while I'd never heard of Myrtle Reed McCullough , at the turn of the last century she was a best selling author of over 30 books, including a series of cook books under the pseudonym Olive Green.

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While Reed dabbled in writing poetry and articles for newspapers she became best known for her stories of romance. It is sad though, that after writing such popular stories of love and happily-ever-after endings she didn't have one herself.


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On a scale of , 1 being horrible and 5 being excellent I would rate A Weaver of Dreams a 4. Overall I really enjoyed this novel. I am definitely interested in reading more of Reeds works and encourage fans of chick-lit, romance, or older books in general to be on the lookout for A Weaver of Dreams or other books by Reed. Hard Cover.


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New York: G. Putnam's Sons, Near Fine.

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Illustrated with a frontispiece after A. First edition, first printing. Publisher's decorative lavender cloth designed by Margaret Armstrong, with illustration to the front board of butterflies and flowers in white, pink, light green, and gilt in a decorative gilt frame border, lettered in gilt, top edge gilt.


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Near fine, with a touch of wear to the extremities, gilt mildly dimmed, a hint of rubbing to the front board, otherwise fresh binding, former owner's Christmas inscription and small sticker to the front free endpaper, otherwise bright and clean pages. Overall, a tight and very attractive copy. Gullans and Espey A Weaver of Dreams is a romance novel and the last book Myrtle Reed published before her death later in August Specifically, this book tells the story of Margery Gordon, a beautiful, orphaned young woman who is sent to live with her crippled uncle in the wake of her father's death.

As she makes new friends and becomes reacquainted with old relatives, Margery reconciles with the ghosts of her past and the desires of her heart. Margaret Armstrong was a renowned artist and designer. Along with her contemporary Sarah Wyman Whitman , Armstrong is an example of how the Arts and Crafts and Aesthetic movements at the time provided new opportunities for women's employment in the arts.



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