The Young Visiters

Daisy Ashford

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The Young Visiters (also known as Mister Salteena's Plan) is a book by English writer Daisy Ashford, first published in 1919. It was written by the author when she was just nine years old and part of the appeal of the book comes from it's juvenile grammar and spelling. The story revolves around 42 year old Alfred Salteena, who hopes to become a 'gentleman'. He is in love with 17 year old Ethel Monticue, but romance is blossoming between Ethel and Alfred's friend, Bernard Clark who is helping Alfred to become more aristocratic. Ashford rediscovered the manuscript when she was an adult, and showed it to her literary friends as a laugh. So delighted were they, that the book got passed around and eventually published, with J. M. Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, agreeing to write a preface. After its publication, rumours soon started that the book was in fact an elaborate literary hoax, and that it had been written by J. M. Barrie himself.

This book has 14,674 words, 30 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1919.

Production notes: This ebook of The Young Visiters was published by Global Grey on the 5th May 2018, and updated on the 9th October 2022. The artwork used for the cover is 'Reading Woman' by Jean-Honoré Fragonard.

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