Maria Susanna Cummins

Maria Susanna Cummins (1827–1866) was an American novelist, best known for her novel 'The Lamplighter', which became one of the best-selling novels of its time. Her work often focused on domestic themes and the lives of women, and she was an important figure in 19th-century American literature.


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  1. 1. The Lamplighter

    "The Lamplighter" is a 19th-century novel that follows the life of Gerty, a spirited and neglected orphan girl who is rescued from her abusive caretaker by a kind lamplighter named Trueman Flint. Under Flint's guidance, Gerty grows into a virtuous and pious young woman, despite the many hardships and emotional trials she faces. The novel explores themes of Christian redemption, the importance of kindness and mentorship, and the transformative power of love and perseverance. As Gerty matures, she navigates complex social relationships and personal challenges, ultimately finding her place in the world and the possibility of happiness.

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