The Gates Ajar

The Gates Ajar

The Gates Ajar (1868) was Phelps' best-selling novel about the afterlife, in which heaven is like earth (except better), and the spiritual bodies live in houses, raise families, and share activities similar to those of the living. She was inspired to write the novel by the deaths of her mother, stepmother and fiance who died during the Civil War in the Battle of Antietam. It is written primarily as a dialog between two women.
[Illustration by Jessie Curtis and William Linton (engraver), depiction of Mary Cabot, Aunt Winifred Forceythe, and Faith Forceythe.]

And when my angel guide went up,
He left the pearly gates ajar.
   --Mrs. Adoniram Judson, 1856

Table of Contents

Chapter I

Chapter II

Chapter III

Chapter IV

Chapter V

Chapter VI

Chapter VII

Chapter VIII

Chapter IX

Chapter X

Chapter XI

Chapter XII

Chapter XIII

Chapter XIV

Chapter XV

Chapter XVI

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