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Freaks of Genius free pdf Famous for the classic novel "Little Women", and regarded as America's best-loved author of juvenile fiction, Louisa May Alcott is not readily identified with page-turning thrillers and sensational tales. "Freaks of Genius", howwever, presents a collection of previously unknown sensational narratives by Alcott, originally published in the weekly storypapers of the 1860s and never before reprinted. The stories are startling examples of an atypical Alcott, delving into such subjects as violence and insanity, revenge and murder, and narcotics addiction and evil. Included in the collection are six of Alcott's tales of the sensational: "A Nurse's Story", "The Freak of a Genius", "La Jeune", "A Laugh and a Look", "The Romance of a Bouquet" and "Mrs Vane's Charade". Their themes include the blight of inherited insanity, the power struggle between man and man, the sexual power struggle between man and woman, a Faustian/Mephistophelian pact (later used in "A Modern Mephistopheles"), the passions of actors and actresses, and feminist triumphs and failures. These skillfully plotted stories are sure to interest the general reader with their narrative excitement, and to fascinate the scholar trying to reconcile their darkness with the sweetness and light tone that has always been associated with Alcott's work. In addition, the book includes the first complete bibliography of Alcott's known thrillers, both anonymous and pseudonymous.

About Joel Myerson

DANIEL SHEALY is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. He co-edited The Selected Letters of Louisa May Alcott and The Journals of Louisa May Alcott with Madeliene Stern and Joel Myerson. MADELEINE B. STERN is a partner in Rostenberg and Stern Rare Books in New York City. Among the numerous books she has written or edited are The Life of Margaret Fuller (Greenwood Press, 1990), A Modern Mephistopheles and Taming a Tartar by Alcott (Praeger Publishers, 1987), and A Phrenological Dictionary of 19th-Century Americans (Greenwood, 1982). JOEL MYERSON is the Carolina Research Professor of American Literature at the University of South Carolina, Columbia and editor of the annual, Studies in the American Renaissance. He has also edited numerous books on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literary figures, including Critical Essays of Henry David Thoreau's Walden, and The American Transcendentalists. He has also published articles in various literature journals.

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Author : Joel Myerson
Publisher : Greenwood Press
Data Published : 30 March 1991
ISBN : 0313276277
EAN : 9780313276279
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 256 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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