A Marble Woman: Unknown Thrillers of Louisa May Alcott



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A.M Barnard Behind a Mask, or a Woman s Power 1866 The Abbot s Ghost, or Maurice Treherne s Temptation 1867 A Long Fatal Love Chase 1866 first published 1995 First published anonymously A Modern Mephistopheles 1877 Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania on November 29, 1832 She and her three sisters, Anna, Elizabeth and May were educated by their father, philosopher teacher, Bronson Alcott and raised on the practical Christianity of their mother, Abigail May.Louisa spent her childhood in Boston and in Concord, Massachusetts, where her days were enlightened by visits to Ralph Waldo Emerson s library, excursions into nature with Henry David Thoreau and theatricals in the barn at Hillside now Hawthorne s Wayside.Like her character, Jo March in Little Women, young Louisa was a tomboy No boy could be my friend till I had beaten him in a race, she claimed, and no girl if she refused to climb trees, leap fences For Louisa, writing was an early passion She had a rich imagination and often her stories became melodramas that she and her sisters would act out for friends Louisa preferred to play the lurid parts in these plays, the villains, ghosts, bandits, and disdainful queens At age 15, troubled by the poverty that plagued her family, she vowed I will do something by and by Don t care what, teach, sew, act, write, anything to help the family and I ll be rich and famous and happy before I die, see if I won t Confronting a society that offered little opportunity to women seeking employment, Louisa determined I will make a battering ram of my head and make my way through this rough and tumble world Whether as a teacher, seamstress, governess, or household servant, for many years Louisa did any work she could find.Louisa s career as an author began with poetry and short stories that appeared in popular magazines In 1854, when she was 22, her first book Flower Fables was published A milestone along her literary path was Hospital Sketches 1863 based on the letters she had written home from her post as a nurse in Washington, DC as a nurse during the Civil War.When Louisa was 35 years old, her publisher Thomas Niles in Boston asked her to write a book for girls Little Women was written at Orchard House from May to July 1868 The novel is based on Louisa and her sisters coming of age and is set in Civil War New England Jo March was the first American juvenile heroine to act from her own individuality a living, breathing person rather than the idealized stereotype then prevalent in children s fiction.In all, Louisa published over 30 books and collections of stories She died on March 6, 1888, only two days after her father, and is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord.

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  • A Marble Woman: Unknown Thrillers of Louisa May Alcott
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  • 25 February 2017
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10 thoughts on “A Marble Woman: Unknown Thrillers of Louisa May Alcott

  1. says:

    From BBC Radio 4 Extra Recently orphaned Cecilia Stein turns up at the door of a large gothic mansion, home to genius sculptor Bazil Yorke Jilted by the child s mother many years ago, Yorke decides to use the daughter to punish the sins of the mother.Sexual repression, opium addiction and love collide in Louisa May Alcott s Gothic tour de force dramatised by Lavinia Murray.Starring Bill Paterson as Bazil Yorke, Amanda Root as Cecil Stein, John McArdle as Germain, Charles De Ath as...

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    There are a lot of reviews of these stories not on goodreads but in general that will basically say This will TOTALLY CHANGE how you view Louisa May Alcott or It s so different from Little Women But really, I wasn t much surprised by this book Yes, Little Women is a warmer story and it s kind of a sapfest I say that with love, because it s one of my favorite books and Jo March is forever one of my favorite characters , but IN Little Women, it talks about the thrillers that Jo wrote to get by when she was starting out as an author Alcott confirmed multiple times that Jo is basically a fictionalized version of herself These stories, then, are basically those thrillers that Jo wrote You can imagine it so clearly, Jo up at three in the morning writing the scene of Cecil and Germain sailing through a storm, or Sybil attempting to break out of an insane asylum However, if you do have some gentle, moral and somewhat prudish mental image of Louisa May Alcott then I would definitely recommend this book to shake you out of that There are dark themes throughout every story manipulation, mental illness, drug use and not subtext The premise of A Perilous Play is literally that a bunch of twenty somethings decid...

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    Louisa May Alcott is best known for the Little Women books but at one point she was a writer who had to pay the bills To do that she wrote thrillers with Gothic themes and exotic European settings In this, the second collection of her unknown works, her stories are reads reminiscent of Poe and Conan Doyle with touches of the supernatural and human frailty The introduction is the true find of this collection as Madeline Stern writes about how Alcott put her own w...

  4. says:

    The title story, involves an artist keeps his young ward the daughter of his former love imprisoned within his mansion, as he crafts an angelic likeness of her in his tower studio Celica must suppress all passion and feeling with opium, as her wayward desire for love and affection arouses his jealousy The story has pseudo incestuous undertones, in the sensual love between a guardian and his ward This is one of the sensational stories collected in this volume, which were originally published by A...

  5. says:

    Gotta love those 19th century mysteries without the gratuitous hard to take violence in modern thrillers.

  6. says:

    I have had this book for years and read it multiple times Great book of short stories thrillers.

  7. says:

    An entirely different side of Louisa May Alcott It was interesting to see a devious quality in her writing.

  8. says:

    I love stories that can catch me up in some way and I certainly became enmeshed in Alcott s blood and thunder stories I m very glad to have done so.

  9. says:

    Louisa May s stories for grownups written to help support her family Very Bronte esque Fun and fascinating to read.

  10. says:

    A great collection of thrillers Very different from Little Women

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