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The Story of Avis

Elizabeth Stuart Phelps (1844-1911)

1. 01 - Chapter 01
2. 02 - Chapter 02
3. 03 - Chapter 03
4. 04 - Chapter 04
5. 05 - Chapter 05
6. 06 - Chapter 06
7. 07 - Chapter 07
8. 08 - Chapter 08
9. 09 - Chapter 09
10. 10 - Chapter 10
11. 11 - Chapter 11
12. 12 - Chapter 12
13. 13 - Chapter 13
14. 14 - Chapter 14
15. 15 - Chapter 15
16. 16 - Chapter 16
17. 17 - Chapter 17
18. 18 - Chapter 18
19. 19 - Chapter 19
20. 20 - Chapter 20
21. 21 - Chapter 21
22. 22 - Chapter 22
23. 23 - Chapter 23
24. 24 - Chapter 24
25. 25 - Chapter 25

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Summary

Elizabeth Stuart Phelps's 1877 novel is set in a New England college town, and focuses on Avis Dobell, a professor's daughter. Avis is a talented painter, and bucks against the constraints placed on women in the 19th century. She wants to pursue a career as an artist and rejects marriage and motherhood, until she meets the charismatic young professor Philip Ostrander. Phelps's novel is a beautifully-written examination of the conflicts between marriage and career for women that is still relevant today.