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A Marble Woman: Unknown Thrillers of Louisa May Alcott

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  70 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
A collection of short thrillers that were originally published under a pseudonym offers insight into Alcott's diversity as a writer and includes the title story about an orphan's coming of age in a sinister house. Reprint. PW.
Paperback, 279 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by Harper Perennial (first published 1865)
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Alex Roma
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
There are a lot of reviews of these stories (not on goodreads but in general) that will basically say "This will TOTALLY CHANGE how you view Louisa May Alcott!" or "It's so different from Little Women!" But really, I wasn't much surprised by this book. Yes, Little Women is a warmer story and it's kind of a sapfest (I say that with love, because it's one of my favorite books and Jo March is forever one of my favorite characters), but IN Little Women, it talks about the thrillers that Jo wrote to ...more
Kate  K. F.
Dec 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Louisa May Alcott is best known for the Little Women books but at one point she was a writer who had to pay the bills. To do that she wrote thrillers with Gothic themes and exotic European settings. In this, the second collection of her unknown works, her stories are reads reminiscent of Poe and Conan Doyle with touches of the supernatural and human frailty. The introduction is the true find of this collection as Madeline Stern writes about how Alcott put her own writing struggles into the role ...more
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Gotta love those 19th century mysteries without the gratuitous hard-to-take violence in modern "thrillers".
Apr 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I have had this book for years and read it multiple times. Great book of short stories/thrillers.
Sep 04, 2015 rated it liked it
An entirely different side of Louisa May Alcott. It was interesting to see a devious quality in her writing.
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
I love stories that can catch me up in some way and I certainly became enmeshed in Alcott's blood and thunder stories. I'm very glad to have done so.
Jun 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Louisa May's stories for grownups written to help support her family. Very Bronte-esque. Fun and fascinating to read.
Jul 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
A great collection of thrillers. Very different from "Little Women"!
Elizabeth Edwards
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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)
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First published anonymously:
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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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