# In memoir class how do I force the abstract on the title page and be of type chapter?

For my thesis proposal I'd like to use memoir document class. I'd like to have the abstract on the title page and set to:

\abstractnum   % Format heading as chapter
\abstractintoc % Include "Abstract" in ToC


And have the sections numbered with arabic numbers rather than roman?

Here is what I have:

\documentclass[letterpaper, 11pt, twoside, openright, english]{memoir}
\usepackage{lipsum}
% Abstract: Remove indents around abstract text
\setlength{\absleftindent}{0pt}
\setlength{\absrightindent}{0pt}
% Change font size to conform with the rest of the document text
\renewcommand{\abstracttextfont}{\normalsize}

\abstractnum   % Format heading as chapter
\abstractintoc % Include "Abstract" in ToC

\title{ my title}
\author{Sal MaName}

\begin{document}
\frontmatter
% \pagestyle{empty}
% \aliaspagestyle{chapter}{empty}

\maketitle
% \mainmatter

\begin{abstract}
\lipsum[1]
\lipsum[2]
\lipsum[3]
\end{abstract}

\pagebreak

\setcounter{tocdepth}{3}
\tableofcontents

\newpage
\section{Overview\label{sec:Overview}}
\lipsum[4]
\end{document}


Here's a first attempt. Not sure if I missed something, though.

For the first question, the easiest way is to suppress the page breaks between the title and the abstract.

For the second question, I think that's fixed with the \mainmatter command, which starts numbering chapters, changes page numbering to Arabic, etc.

\documentclass[letterpaper, 11pt, twoside, openright, english]{memoir}
\usepackage{lipsum}
% Abstract: Remove indents around abstract text
\setlength{\absleftindent}{0pt}
\setlength{\absrightindent}{0pt}
% Change font size to conform with the rest of the document text
\renewcommand{\abstracttextfont}{\normalsize}

\abstractnum   % Format heading as chapter
\abstractintoc % Include "Abstract" in ToC

\title{My Title}
\author{Sal MaName}

\begin{document}
\frontmatter

\let\oldcleartorecto\cleartorecto
\let\cleartorecto\relax
\maketitle
\begin{abstract}
\lipsum[1]
\end{abstract}
\let\cleartorecto\oldcleartorecto

\setcounter{tocdepth}{3}
\tableofcontents

\mainmatter

\chapter{One}
\section{Overview\label{sec:Overview}}
\lipsum[4]
\end{document}

• Excellent! Yes, this is good place to start! – Sal Jr Jan 20 '16 at 1:21