From Publishers Weekly
One of the most prolific authors of her day, Alcott (1832-1888) is popularly identified with Little Women. Compiled by the editors of her journals, letters and A Double Life: Newly Discovered Thrillers of Louisa May Alcott , this anthology displays the range of her fiction. Raised in an impoverished, fiercely intellectual New England home according to transcendentalist principles, Alcott vented a fertile imagination and satisfied a need for money by producing romances, often under a pseudonym, for a ready audience. One of these, "The Rival Prima Donnas," though staid by contemporary norms, bespeaks Alcott's storyteller's passion. Alcott's later, realistic narratives, often with macabre themes, are represented in "Hope's Debut," with its shadow of incest and a curiously modern note in its theatrical background. Readers view the evolution of a thoughtful, expressive woman who wrote about war, race relations and the state of being single as well as about family.
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About the Author
Dantel Shealy is an assistant professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Madeleine B. Stern is a partner in the New York rare book firm of Leona Rostenberg and Madeleine Stern. Joel Myerson is a professor of English at the University of South Carolina. The three have coedited several books about Alcott and her work, including The Selected Letters of Louisa May Alcott and The Journals of Louisa May Alcott, both published by the University of Georgia Press.
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