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- DescriptionFamous for her classic vel Little Women, and regarded as America's best-loved author of juvenile fiction, Louisa May Alcott is t readily identified with page-turning thrillers and sensational tales. Freaks of Genius, however, presents a collection of previously unkwn 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 kwn thrillers, both anymous and pseudonymous. For libraries, general readers, and courses such as American literature and feminist studies, Freaks of Genius will be an essential publication.
- Author BiographyDANIEL 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.
- Date of Publication30/03/1991
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Series TitleContributions to the Study of Popular Culture
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 28
- Place of PublicationWestport
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintGreenwood Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight551 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Edited byDaniel Shealy,Joel Myerson,Madelein B. Stern
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
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