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Seven Wives and Seven Prisons

L.A. Abbott

Book Overview: 

This work the author claims is indeed a true story of how he happened to be married seven times to seven different women and the rollicking, hilarious events that led (or stumbled) to the marriages and the disassembling of each said marriage which happened oftentimes to land him in prison. The work becomes a very tongue-in-cheek diatribe of his obsessive zeal in ‘marrying the right one’, but is also the mirthful chronicle of said author’s very unconventional adventures.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Belvidere. That beautiful August night had very few charms for us. It would have been different indeed if I had succeeded in securing my Sarah; and to think of having the prize in my very grasp, and the losing all!

We reached the hotel in Belvidere at about half-past two o'clock in the morning, wearied, worn, bruised and disheartened. My man had not suffered nearly as severely as I had; the bulk of their blows fell upon me, and I had the sorest body and the worst looking face I had ever exhibited. I rested one day and then hurried on to New York. Of course, I had no means of knowing the feelings or condition of the loved girl from whom I had been so suddenly and so violently parted. I only learned from an Easton man whom I knew and whom I met in the city, that "Sarah Scheimer was sick"—that was all; the man said he did'nt know the family very well, but he had heard that Miss Scheimer had been "out of her head, if not downright crazy."

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Community Reviews

"Some one has said that if any man would faithfully write his autobiography, giving truly his own history and experiences, the ills and joys, the haps and mishaps that had fallen to his lot, he could not fail to make an interesting story." Well Mr. Abbott, I'm not sure that's true for everyone, b...more

The author casts blame for his misfortunes on everyone but himself, he is always the victim. Some of the tales are so outrageous that believing them is difficult. One wonders how he could make money so quickly when he was unable to stay in one place any extended length of time.
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Abbott's imaginative account of this man's almost reckless pursuit of love and/or marriage is both humorous and tragic. It demonstrates a bitter perspective on the pursuits of men and women. Readers will resonate with some of the situations and will rail against others. It is hard not to feel the...more

Unlike the vast majority of the 19th Century novels that inevitably describe a love at first sight that grows to a long and happy life of matrimonial bliss, this story tells the other side. The illogical first scenario is as unreasonable as this second and I can only assume that the truth lies so...more

This would be 3 stars had it been longer.

I'm not sure whether this is actually autobiographical or merely allegorical, but either way an interesting story. The poor author describes how after being cheated on after marrying his first young love, he failed to obtain a legal divorce but rather a m...more

this book is hilarious... rogue and scoundrel come to mind even as you read the title and chapter headings. also, jane austen comes to mind (would she had seen into the heart and soul of the villainous Wickham). a light and humorous read. kudos to kehinde whoever you may be. thank you project gut...more

Meh.

Great read from the past

Really enjoyed this story. Even written long ago, it was somewhat still relevant to current days and times. He finally learned his lesson in the end, and got hus reward.

I read this book because I discovered from a family member who does genealogy for our family that the Sara in the book who runs away to marry Mr. Abbott and had a child with him, was my great, great grandmother on my Mother's side of the family. I wanted to hate this Mr, Abbott, as he has been pr...more

I found this story most interesting. It grabbed my attention at the beginning and kept me up late at night. Reading about love and marriage from the point of a man running from the law back in the 1800's was a very unique story line for me. I recommend this book to everyone, there is no sex so no...more

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