From Jo March's Attic: Stories of Intrigue and Suspense

From Jo March's Attic: Stories of Intrigue and Suspense

by Louisa May Alcott

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Donna Seaman
Alcott was a devoted scribbler, driven to write both as a way to support her impoverished family and to express her belief in the strength and resourcefulness of women. Just like Edith Wharton and Joyce Carol Oates, Alcott could work on a number of different types of fiction simultaneously. While composing the beloved classic Little Women, she was also producing dozens of stories for various magazines and publishing them pseudonymously. Literary detectives have tracked down many of these breezy creations and released them in four earlier collections. This, then, is the fifth, and its distinction is that each of its nine sensation stories was written specifically for the female audience of Frank Leslie's Lady's Magazine, which was edited by the colorful Miriam Squier. The volume's fine introduction provides some biographical information about both Alcott and Squier and places the thrillers within a historical context. The stories themselves are somewhat quaint and certainly melodramatic. Unhappy marriages are the key theme here, and coquettishness and blatant manipulation are the female protagonists' major skills and accomplishments. These thrillers are of interest because they illuminate the darker aspects of Alcott's psyche and typify reading preferences of women some 130 years ago.

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Northeastern University Press
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