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The Lamplighter

(1854)
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The Lamplighter was among the most popular and well-received books when it was first published in the mid-19th century. Written by Maria Susanna Cummins, it is an outstanding example of how Christian values were viewed in that period, and a beautiful sentimental outline of the manner in which Divine Providence can help a young orphan girl grow up well and turn her life around through the compassion of strangers.

In the book, we are first introduced to Gertrude as an 8 year-old orphan girl who was mistreated, and finds refuge in meeting Trueman Flint, a lamplighter who rescues her from the hands of her abusive guardian. Life soon seems to change for the better for young Gerty, as she finds the hand of Providence working through the strangers she meets, and acquainting her with the trust, benevolence and kindness of Divine compassion.

The Lamplighter is written as a highly emotional novel, emphasizing not only the Christian values and beliefs presented in a detailed and quite beautiful fashion by the author, but also introducing ties and relationships between people that would normally not have much in common at all. Through thoughtful symbolism, a beautiful love story and a significant dose of seemingly coincidental events leading to joyful and favorable opportunities the girl can connect with, the novel offers a wholly satisfying and interesting reading experience.

The title of the book itself is considered by many to be a striking symbolic expression of the light of Providence that Gertrude had found in the lamplighter who helped her - a light that, as the Christian book would suggest, each of us can find in a world of darkness, as long as we simply open up to its benevolent rays.

Whether you enjoy religious novels, or you just want to read a lighthearted, beautiful story about how life can improve even under the most difficult of circumstances, The Lamplighter is undoubtedly a recommended read for you.

 
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Hardback Editions

December 2015 : Hardback
Title: The Lamplighter
Author(s): Maria Susanna Cummins
ISBN: 1-347-76534-4 / 978-1-347-76534-0
Publisher: Palala Press
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September 2015 : Hardback
Title: The Lamplighter
Author(s): Maria Susanna Cummins
ISBN: 1-341-22306-X / 978-1-341-22306-8
Publisher: Palala Press
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November 1988 : USA Hardback
Title: 'The Lamplighter' by Maria Susanna Cummins (American Women Writers)
Author(s): Nina Baym
ISBN: 0-8135-1332-4 / 978-0-8135-1332-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
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Paperback Editions

August 2016 : Paperback
Title: The Lamplighter
Author(s): Maria Susanna Cummins Cummins
ISBN: 3742820125 / 978-3742820129
Publisher: hansebooks
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September 2013 : USA Paperback
Title: The Lamplighter
Author(s): Maria Susanna Cummins
ISBN: 1-289-50308-7 / 978-1-289-50308-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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September 2013 : USA Paperback
Title: The Lamplighter
Author(s): Maria Susanna Cummins
ISBN: 1-230-21216-7 / 978-1-230-21216-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: TheClassics.us
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September 2013 : USA Paperback
Title: The Lamplighter
Author(s): Maria Susanna Cummins
ISBN: 1-230-30102-X / 978-1-230-30102-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: TheClassics.us
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June 2013 : Paperback
Title: The Lamplighter
Author(s): Maria Susanna Cummins
ISBN: 5518472986 / 978-5518472983
Publisher: Book on Demand Ltd.
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May 2012 : USA Paperback
Title: The Lamplighter
Author(s): Maria Susanna Cummins
ISBN: 1-286-58971-1 / 978-1-286-58971-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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March 2012 : USA Paperback
Title: The Lamplighter...
Author(s): Maria Susanna Cummins
ISBN: 1-278-16185-6 / 978-1-278-16185-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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January 2012 : Canada Paperback
Title: The Lamplighter
Author(s): Maria Susanna Cummins
ISBN: 1-4588-8754-5 / 978-1-4588-8754-2 (Canada edition)
Publisher: General Books LLC
Availability: Amazon UK   

January 2012 : Canada Paperback
Title: The Lamplighter
Author(s): Maria Susanna Cummins
ISBN: 0-217-39152-4 / 978-0-217-39152-8 (Canada edition)
Publisher: General Books LLC
Availability: Amazon UK   

August 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: The Lamplighter
Author(s): Susanna Cummins Maria Susanna Cummins, Maria Cummins
ISBN: 1-4290-4466-7 / 978-1-4290-4466-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Applewood Books
Availability: Amazon UK   

April 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: The Lamplighter
Author(s): Maria Susanna Cummins
ISBN: 1-148-91198-7 / 978-1-148-91198-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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January 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: The Lamplighter
Author(s): Maria Susanna Cummins
ISBN: 1-142-94326-7 / 978-1-142-94326-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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October 1988 : USA Paperback
Title: The Lamplighter (American Women Writers Series)
Author(s): Maria Susanna Cummins
ISBN: 0-8135-1333-2 / 978-0-8135-1333-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
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Audio Editions

2016 : New Zealand MP3 CD
Title: The Lamplighter
Author(s): Maria Susanna Cummins
ISBN: 1-77542-597-5 / 978-1-77542-597-7 (New Zealand edition)
Publisher: IDB Productions
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