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Short, sweet and to the point, The Mansion is a novelette by Henry van Dyke that teaches a very simple--yet oft forgotten--lesson. John Weightman is Scrooge taken to the next level. He is the kind of charitable soul who gives 'to be seen of men' and considers doing good a solid investment if done prudently. Anonymous service is certainly not on his agenda. That all changes when Weightman has his own epiphany, opening his eyes to the reality and consequences of his choices. The Mansion is truly a lovely story. Quick and easy to read, but its impact will linger on. It puts worldly achievements and possessions into proper perspective, reminding readers of the true spirit in which life should be lived, at Christmas and all other times.
Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, 9781481247023, 48pp.
Publication Date: December 13, 2012
About the Author
Henry Van Dyke was an early American poet who was born and raised in Pennsylvania. Later, he taught at Princeton University and lectured at the University of Paris. His works comprise over forty titles including The Mansion. Dan Burr earned a bachelor s degree in fine arts at Utah State University and a master s degree in illustration from Syracuse University. He and his wife, Patti, live with their two children and numerous animals on twelve acres of river bottom land in Tetonia, Idaho, a setting that provides great artistic inspiration.