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This collection represents the best of Alcott's adult oeuvre, starting with A Modern Mephistopheles, a dark Faustian tale inspired by A Long Fatal Love Chase. The stories in this volume display dramatic intensity and thrilling, suspenseful plots that show Alcott to be a complex and passionate writer. Readers will discover within this maelstrom of murder, deceit, obsessive desire, treachery, duplicity, and betrayal that love and honor can still conquer all.

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1996 New in new dust jacket. 496 p. Audience: General/trade. Here are twelve tales of murder, deceit, obsessive desire, treachery, duplicity and betrayal that love and honor can ... still conquer all, from one of the greatest American authors of timeless children's classics. Read more Show Less

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This collection represents the best of Alcott's adult oeuvre, starting with A Modern Mephistopheles, a dark Faustian tale inspired by A Long Fatal Love Chase. The stories in this volume display dramatic intensity and thrilling, suspenseful plots that show Alcott to be a complex and passionate writer. Readers will discover within this maelstrom of murder, deceit, obsessive desire, treachery, duplicity, and betrayal that love and honor can still conquer all.

The book takes its title from the tale "A Whisper in the Dark," arguably Alcott's high-gothic masterpiece, a story of imperiled innocence. Also featured are: "The Abbot's Ghost," one of Alcott's few thrillers that employs the supernatural; "Perilous Play," a sensationalist story in which she suggests that with the appropriate stimulation--in this case hashish--even the innocent reveal a dark side; and V.V.; or Plots and Counterplots, fraught with passion and jealousy that introduces the mysterious Virginie Varens, the darkest heroine in all of her work.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780760701850
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/29/1996
  • Pages: 496

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2007

    True Gothic Literature!

    If you loved Hawthorne, this is the book you must read! Who would've thought Louisa May Alcott could write such purely gothic romances? Death, betrayal, deciet, ghosts... this collection has it all. I highly recommend it. What a pity Alcott's time did not appreciate these stories.

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