A Modern Mephistopheles Author:Louisa May Alcott A Modern Mephistopheles is the sophisticated and suspenseful story of Felix Canaris, a 19-year-old poel on the brink of starvation. Enter Jasper Helwyze, an older, mysterious man who offers him literary success in exchange for total subjugation. Both Canaris and Helwyze keep their parts of the bargain, and the household- which includes Helwyze'... more »s worldly companion Olivia - remains harmonious until Helwyze forces the poet to take a wife, a beautiful innocent named Gladys who emerges as the heroine of the novel.
First publishes anonymously in 1877, A Modern Mephistopheles was called "unquestionably the work of genious, powerful in conception, elegant in construction, lofty in tone" by The New Age and "a constant intellectual delight" by the Boston Post. Even by today's standards, the book's psychological complexity is striking -- especially its scathing depiction of the evils and ambitions of which mankind is capable.« less