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A Double Life: Newly Discovered Thrillers of Louisa May Alcott
A Double Life Newly Discovered Thrillers of Louisa May Alcott Author:Louisa May Alcott Introduction by Madeleine B. Stern; Madeleine B. Stern, Editor, Joel Myerson and Daniel Shealy, Associate Editors. — A compilation of five stories written by Louisa May Alcott; published anonymously in Nineteenth Century newspapers and magazines. — The stories included are: — "A Pair of Eyes, or Modern Magic." — "The Fate of the Forrests." — "A Doubl... more »e Tragedy: An Actor's Story."
"Ariel: A Legend of the Lighthouse."
"Taming a Tartar"
From Publishers Weekly
The five stories in this collection, published in serial form in the 1860s, were recently found to have been written anonymously by Alcott. Set against florid, romantic Victorian backdrops are plots that mine popular themes of the day -- mesmerism, Indian cults, death vows, doomed love. Written to hold the attention of a newspaper audience, the tales move along briskly. Readers will be immediately drawn into "A Pair of Eyes," about a painter spellbound by his model for Lady Macbeth. "The Fate of the Forrests," which hinges on a family curse, and "A Double Tragedy: An Actor's Story," a story of jealousy and revenge set in a theatrical company... [could be classed as] melodrama. Based on The Tempest, "Ariel, A Legend of the Lighthouse" has an evocative, stormy coastal setting, but a familiar plot of love lost and then refound on the brink of death. "Taming the Tartar" [contains] lively characters and [an] offbeat ending, where its irrepressible heroine gets the last word."
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