Books by Louisa May Alcott

Released: April 1, 2001

"Wry, witty, charming vignettes of a 19th-century life: a gift to Alcott lovers and a welcome change of pace for readers weary of 21st-century spill-all confessionals."
Reprints of deft, amusing, and often moving magazine articles written by the author of Little Women during her most productive period. Read full book review >
A LONG FATAL LOVE CHASE by Louisa May Alcott
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Much as one longs for insight into the young author's developing talent, this written-to-order serial sheds more light on what lengths a writer will go to pay for room and board. (First serial to Ladies' Home Journal; film rights to Citadel Entertainment; Literary Guild selection)"
This long-lost bit of Alcott's early, gothic-romance hack writingwritten for, but never published by, a popular magazine in 1866proves the proposition that not every bit of prose penned by favorite authors is worth the trouble to read. ``I tell you I cannot bear it! Read full book review >
Released: May 31, 1995

"Strong-willed femmes fatales, ardent betrayals, and voluminous bloodlettings, largely in foreign backgrounds."
An omnibus volume of 29 tales from the previously published Behind the Mask: The Unknown Thrillers of Louisa May Alcott (1975), Plots and Counterplots: More Unknown Thrillers of Louisa May Alcott (1976), A Double Life: Newly Discovered Thrillers of Louisa May Alcott (1988), Freaks of Genius: Unknown Thrillers of Louisa May Alcott (1991), and From Jo March's Attic: Stories of Intrigue and Suspense (1993). Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Amusing period pieces—all written for the flamboyant woman editor of Frank Leslie's Lady's Magazine: the stories and Stern's introduction add to our picture of Alcott, as well as of the development of commercial women's writing in America. (Illustrations)"
Alcott's alter ego, Jo March, the heroine of the morally uplifting Little Women, writes sensational tales up in the attic; since the mid-1970's, largely through the efforts of editors Stern and Shealy, Alcott's own sensational thrillers (replete with murder, sexual passion, and drug addiction) have been reprinted and correctly credited. Read full book review >
LOUISA MAY ALCOTT by Louisa May Alcott
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Chronology; sources; index. (Biography. 10-14)"
A few revealing fragments: excerpts from the diary Alcott started at ten; her mother's responses to it; Louisa's own comments, added as an adult (when she destroyed much of the original diary); letters; and parallel quotes from Little Women (pairing Beth's death with Alcott's account of her sister Lizzie's—the only entry dating from her 20s—is particularly poignant; in its simplicity and directness, the diary is even more eloquent). Read full book review >