1868. Phelps was the author of fifty-seven volumes of fiction, poetry and essays. A Singular Life is one of her best known works. The Gates Ajar is one of her major works. It begins: One week; only one week today, this twenty-first of February. I have been sitting here in the dark and thinking about it, till it seems so horribly long and so horribly short; it has been such a week to live through, and it is such a small part of the weeks that must be lived through, that I could think no longer, but lighted my lamp, and opened my desk to find something to do. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.