A Modern Mephistopheles

A Modern Mephistopheles Louisa May Alcott
  • Title: A Modern Mephistopheles
  • Author: Louisa May Alcott
  • ISBN: 9780553377958
  • Page: 244
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Modern Mephistopheles Louisa May Alcott A Modern Mephistopheles This chilling tale of lust deception and greed first published anonymously in allowed Alcott the chance to exercise the lurid style she believed was her natural ambition A novel of psychologic
    This chilling tale of lust, deception and greed, first published anonymously in 1877, allowed Alcott the chance to exercise the lurid style she believed was her natural ambition A novel of psychological complexity that touches on the controversial subjects of sexuality and drug use, A Modern Mephistopheles is a penetrating and powerful study of human evil and its appaThis chilling tale of lust, deception and greed, first published anonymously in 1877, allowed Alcott the chance to exercise the lurid style she believed was her natural ambition A novel of psychological complexity that touches on the controversial subjects of sexuality and drug use, A Modern Mephistopheles is a penetrating and powerful study of human evil and its appalling consequences.
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    About Louisa May Alcott


    1. 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 teacher, Bronson Alcott and raised on the practical Christianity of their mother, Abigail May.Louisa spent her childhood in Boston and in Concord, Massachusetts, where her days were enlightened by visits to Ralph Waldo Emerson s library, excursions into nature with Henry David Thoreau and theatricals in the barn at Hillside now Hawthorne s Wayside.Like her character, Jo March in Little Women, young Louisa was a tomboy No boy could be my friend till I had beaten him in a race, she claimed, and no girl if she refused to climb trees, leap fences For Louisa, writing was an early passion She had a rich imagination and often her stories became melodramas that she and her sisters would act out for friends Louisa preferred to play the lurid parts in these plays, the villains, ghosts, bandits, and disdainful queens At age 15, troubled by the poverty that plagued her family, she vowed I will do something by and by Don t care what, teach, sew, act, write, anything to help the family and I ll be rich and famous and happy before I die, see if I won t Confronting a society that offered little opportunity to women seeking employment, Louisa determined I will make a battering ram of my head and make my way through this rough and tumble world Whether as a teacher, seamstress, governess, or household servant, for many years Louisa did any work she could find.Louisa s career as an author began with poetry and short stories that appeared in popular magazines In 1854, when she was 22, her first book Flower Fables was published A milestone along her literary path was Hospital Sketches 1863 based on the letters she had written home from her post as a nurse in Washington, DC as a nurse during the Civil War.When Louisa was 35 years old, her publisher Thomas Niles in Boston asked her to write a book for girls Little Women was written at Orchard House from May to July 1868 The novel is based on Louisa and her sisters coming of age and is set in Civil War New England Jo March was the first American juvenile heroine to act from her own individuality a living, breathing person rather than the idealized stereotype then prevalent in children s fiction.In all, Louisa published over 30 books and collections of stories She died on March 6, 1888, only two days after her father, and is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord.


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    1. Struggling poet author Felix Canaris is willing to do just about anything to make a name for himself Also, he s flat broke So when the wealthy and intimidating Jasper Helwyze comes knocking with a tantalizing offer, Felix doesn t even think twice before trading away his freedom for the fame and comfort he s always wanted Felix soon chafes under Jasper s dominion, and when the old man s machinations lead him to order Felix to woo and marry the naive and innocent young Gladys, Felix balks But Feli [...]

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    2. Ma la Alcott non ha rischiato di morire di autonoia scrivendolo Se fosse un accessorio sarebbe un cammeo di corallo Se fosse un luogo sarebbe un boudoir Se fosse una figura retorica sarebbe una diallage Se fosse un aperitivo, sarebbe analcolico Se fosse un animale sarebbe un bradipo in menopausa Se fosse una storia come lo infatti, sarebbe quella che narra di un Lele Mora in versione distinta che assieme ad un improbabile Gina Lollobrigida, decide di indirizzare le sorti di due burattini scelti [...]

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    3. Greed, lust, vanity, drug use and Louisa May Alcott Yes, the author of Little Women grew tired of writing moral pap for the young, and wrote some adult works with fairly dark content for the 19th century with some autobiographical elements The work was initially published anonymously, and due to the relatively controversial content, one can easily guess why though it was published under Alcott s own name a year after her death Apparently, Alcott considered this to be her greatest work, a retelli [...]

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    4. Before reading this I was expecting something as good as, and similar to, A Long Fatal Love Chase or some of LMA s superb thrillers however, this novella is one of few works by Ms Alcott that I found tedious.I knew beforehand that when A Modern Mephistopheles was first published it was part of an anonymous author series and LMA wasn t revealed as the true writer until some years afterwards At the time people who knew LMA had made comments to her regarding A Modern Mephistopheles , such as, I kno [...]

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    5. Lousia May Alcott is one of my pet authors, and I m almost done with all her books I ve discovered her adult works of fiction She was a complicated woman A Modern Mephistopheles, it turns out, was her favorite of all her creations Be forewarned, if you decide to explore Louisa, that this book is no Little Women So far I ve read three of the recently discovered adult books she wrote I rank this one with A Long and Fatal Love Chase because of its sexual undertones and subtle message of the unfair [...]

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    6. For me the most entertaining parts of this book comes from Alcott s magnificent bon mots of human nature, the narrator s asides that reveal her morality and insight into the true nature of human nature for all it s good, bad and indifferent While far from modern, Alcott s Modern Mephistopheles is a timeless delight that pits good and evil, old and young, and selfless devotion against selfish manipulation In contrast to her better known works, Mephistopheles doesn t not end with a happy marriage [...]

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    7. Alcott retells the story of Faust with a gothic, 19th century sensibility I was charmed by her writing style particularly since I had only known her body of children s books This is dark, brooding and deep In studying Alcott, I learned that this type of book was her true interest and delight she wrote children s books to make money She has an eye for the lurid at least as lurid as possible for her time I also recommend A Long Fatal Love Chase by her.

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    8. I greatly enjoyed A Modern Mephistopheles by Louisa May Alcott As the title suggests, the plot is loosely based on Goethe s Faust, Part One, with a human in the stead of the devil Louisa May Alcott had written this book anonymously, with the intent to disguise her writing style as part of a series from a number of other authors.I was able to relate to her characters I could see the humanity and temptations of Felix Canaris Alcott s Faust , I didn t find Gladys to be saccharine, and I even had so [...]

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    9. A change of pace for the author I much prefer her other works.

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    10. A smidge on the overwrought and melodramatic side Maybe than a smidge.

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    11. I must confess that I have never read Little Women, though I tried to force myself to sit through part of one of the movie adaptations It is partly because I was not brought up in North America where this book is a classic for children, maybe also because I didn t want to read about four girls though I knew one was quite the tomboy and independent spirit Yet a few years ago, I stumbled upon the first translation into French of two of the thrilling novels she wrote under a pen name I believe they [...]

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    12. So this book is NOT what you would necessarily expect from the author of Little Women Apparently Alcott hated writing the commercially viable stuff, which she considered pretty tame and boring, and secretly wrote darker stories, among which is this one It may have been shocking at the time, but by today s standards is pretty tame an older man befriends a young man, saving his life and providing him with fame and fortune, but exacts a price namely, that the young man do everything the older guy t [...]

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    13. This is not one of Louisa May Alcott s autobiographical novels In the introduction of this edition, Jo Falcon talks about Alcott treating herself after years of writing Little Women and other decent books Well, she s treating treating readers too Even though this book was published in 1877, it s one of the greatest and most sensual thrillers I ve ever read Obviously nothing is explicit, but what is implied is a tale of great depravity and domination The Faust myth made sexual and believable Her [...]

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    14. I am working on a book chapter about Little Women, and even though I had read some of Alcott s sensational fiction a few years ago, I wanted to get a fresh taste of her adult themed literature before I settled too comfortably into any assumptions about the the domestic works for children for which she is famous Although A Modern Mephistopheles certainly illuminates the darkness and cruelty of which human heart is capable, I found it to be much comfortably and conventionally Victorian in its mo [...]

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    15. Perhaps because I ve already read Confessions of an Opium Eater and Lady Audley s Secret, drug use and the suggestion of adultery in a Victorian novel is hardly enough to make me appalled While I understand the bravery it took to release a work of this nature even under a pseudonym for the famous creator of Little Women, only the idea that a shocking secret would be revealed at the end of the overwrought prose kept me reading The characters felt like types than fully fleshed human beings, with [...]

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    16. I think the appeal of this novel comes mainly with the shock value of Louisa May Alcott wrote what And there certainly are some shocks themes of obsession, greed, drugs, and homoeroticism certainly don t mesh with the squeaky clean image Alcott portrayed in her well known morality tales I appreciate Alcott s lurid side, but I didn t find this novel particularly well written It s much of a character study without much plot to spread around I m glad I read it, simply for sake of having read it, [...]

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    17. As much as Louise May Alcott supposedly prefered to write adult fiction, there s a reason she made her money in children s fiction This story went nowhere There were about two pages of actual plot, the rest was a commentary on Helwyze s awfulness and Olivia s beauty and Jasper s moodiness and Gladys goodness For being a relatively short book, it felt like it dragged on Not a complete disaster, but not a book I ll remember either.

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    18. This felt like a story that Jo March would have written So while reading it I imagined Jo reading it to me, with Beth laying on my shoulder and Marmee looking on while finishing her needlework This was all after a skate on Walden Pond of course.The story seemed a little scandalous for the time, full or romance and intrigue I liked A Long, Fatal Love Chase , but definitely enjoyed A Modern Mephistopheles.

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    19. Very non Alcott This story was not published under her name and you can see why when you read it There s no Little Women here It s not a happy go lucky tale This one is dark and kind of scary, definitely freaky I enjoyed it Alcott still is an amazing writer But it is much darker than anything I read by her.Definitely not for the little girls that love Little Women, but maybe for the girls that grew up with little women.

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    20. A great story that highlights what the first feminists really were like A far cry from today s feminist An early book written by Louisa May Alcott but initially published under another name A great story about what influences and shapes a person s character.I highly recommend this book to anyone

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    21. i found this book to be alarmingly creepy for a classic perhaps my opinion of it is inextricably tied to the innocence of youth, who knows but i thought it was wonderful and was one of the first books that i recall giving me a genuinely unsettled feeling due to the implication of evil that it detailed.

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    22. only the second book i couldn t finish am not sure why i couldn t god knows i gave it a chance, trying for over 3 years to get into it but in the end, life is too short to finish a book i can t get into.

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    23. I was certainly surprised to find that Louisa May Alcott really preferred to write adult books to writing stories for children This is a fine retelling of the Faust story in her modern times I enjoyed it very much.

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    24. Supposedly a proto feminist retelling of Faust, but neither the Faust parallel nor the very timid feminism really makes an impression Maybe I m just rusty in my appreciation for Victorian prose, but I found this incredibly tedious And seriously, if I had to read one flower metaphor

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    25. A Modern Mephistopheles Louisa May AlcottI loved this A little difficult to read but worth the effort Alcott was a brilliant writer, who unfortunately was not allowed to publish outside of a certain genre Makes me think of Melville see my review of Confidence Man.

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    26. A cross between Wuthering Heights and Romeo and Juliet I ve read several other novels of Louisa May Alcott under the pseudonym A.M.Barnard and isn t my favorite A bit slow until the last 25% of book Had a satisfactory if not sad ending.

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    27. Quite a surprising read from the author of the beloved Little Women I remember thinking how wonderfully gifted she was to express such a complete departure from that famous series of of other books.

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    28. The Mephistopheles plot was one Alcott returned to frequently In this originally anonymous story, she crafted with lurid sophistication, a cautionary tale about the dangers of passion and temptation.

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    29. Although the writing of this story is brilliant, I didn t enjoy reading it and skipped some parts To me it is a horror story that is difficult to live through with Mr Canaris and Gladys.

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    30. certainly not one of my wow, this was great literature reads, but it was enjoyable in the sense that romance novels are, with a dash of good writing and sensibility.

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