A Gilded Age Christmas Ghost Story

A historical mystery set in the Morgan Library of 1912

Nancy Bilyeau
3 min readDec 15, 2023

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Inspired by my lifelong love of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and my more recent interest in the dazzling Morgan Library in New York, I wrote The Ghost of Madison Avenue, a novella taking place in 1912 NYC that uses the Morgan as its setting.

I’d always loved a Christmas ghost story. It turns out that Dickens is far from alone in choosing the time of the winter solstice for a tale. (Or Henry James, as The Turn of the Screw was a story told at a…

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Nancy Bilyeau

Passionate about history, pop culture, the perfect bagel. Author of 5 historical novels. Latest book: ‘The Orchid Hour' www.nancybilyeau.com