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A Modern Mephistopheles and Taming a Tartar

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Louisa May Alcott has always been associated with literature for young adults and children. Here is in effect a new book by the universally popular Alcott, a book that reveals an altogether different image of one of America's best-loved authors. "A Modern Mephistopheles" began as a rejected sensational novel and was revised by Alcott for anonymous publication in 1877. Its ...more
Hardcover, 437 pages
Published August 19th 1987 by Praeger (first published 1877)
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Heather
Dec 28, 2011 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: orals-list, gothic
In "A Modern Mephistopheles," Alcott crafts a remarkable portrait of psychological manipulation -- this text has virtually no setting or action, but it is still engrossing because its characters are all so messed up. She also explores the limits of female agency and influence when it is informed by separate spheres ideology; one very good article I read also suggests that the text is an exploration of the tenability of a female artist figure in a period when women were consistently relegated to ...more
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Feb 27, 2013 Angelina rated it really liked it
Seriously flawed but enjoyable. Also, fairly typical for the traditional gothic genre. I read this book ages ago as an emotional, overly dramatic teenager, and I remember that I absolutely loved Taming a Tartar. I re-read this story at least five times before returning it to the library. It's been ages since I last read it, but I'm sure that when I am finally able to get a copy of this in my hands again, I'll find it over-the-top, melodramatic and still delicious.
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Jan 13, 2013 Maureen marked it as to-read
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Interested to read this one but never seem to get to it. I have a 1987 copy. Not ready to give it up yet. I loved Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. She wanted to write thrillers.
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As A. M. Barnard:
Behind a Mask, or a Woman's Power (1866)
The Abbot's Ghost, or Maurice Treherne's Temptation (1867)
A Long Fatal Love Chase (1866 – first published 1995)
First published anonymously:
A Modern Mephistopheles (1877)

Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania on November 29, 1832. She and her three sisters, Anna, Elizabeth and May were educated by their father, philosopher/ t
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