Rose In Bloom

Paperback | September 1, 1995

byLouisa May Alcott

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Six years before she wrote Little Women, and in financial straits, Louisa May Alcott entered "Pauline's Passion and Punishment, " a novelette, in a newspaper contest. Not only did it win the $100 prize, but, published anonymously, it marked the first of the series of "blood & thunder tales" that would provide her livelihood for years. For as she said, "They are easy to 'compoze' & are better paid than moral...works." The gruesome, passionate stories reveal a darker side of Alcott. Published anonymously or under the pseudonym of A. M. Barnard, they appeared in weeklies over a century ago. In their mastery of suspense and psychological drama, and in their embodiment of a startlingly intense - if oblique - feminism, they attest to the multifaceted genius of their creator. "Pauline's Passion and Punishment" features a woman who is scorned by her lover and left with her fury and her desire for revenge. The male hero of "The Mysterious Key" must unearth secrets hidden away in a family tomb if he is to realize true love. Mysterious pasts and all-too-present jealousies conflict for some surprising effects on the holiday mood in "The Abbot's Ghost." And "Behind a Mask" tells the chilling story of a woman thwarted by love, whose main motivation becomes her desire to dominate an entire family.

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 The sequel to Eight Cousins, Rose in Bloom is a fine example of Louisa May Alcott’s ability to write moralistic fiction in a fun and engaging tone. While not as well-known or popular as the Little Women books, these two stories about the orphan Rose Campbell and her life at “Aunt Hill” with her six aunts and seven boy cousins still re...

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Six years before she wrote Little Women, and in financial straits, Louisa May Alcott entered "Pauline's Passion and Punishment, " a novelette, in a newspaper contest. Not only did it win the $100 prize, but, published anonymously, it marked the first of the series of "blood & thunder tales" that would provide her livelihood for years. ...

Louisa May Alcott, generally considered to be a writer of sentimental fiction for children, has received renewed critical attention from scholars examining her adult fiction and previously uncredited gothic thrillers. These works reveal a darker, more complex side of this author. Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, in 1832. Tw...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.8 inPublished:September 1, 1995Publisher:Penguin Young Readers Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140374515

ISBN - 13:9780140374513

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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 The sequel to Eight Cousins, Rose in Bloom is a fine example of Louisa May Alcott’s ability to write moralistic fiction in a fun and engaging tone. While not as well-known or popular as the Little Women books, these two stories about the orphan Rose Campbell and her life at “Aunt Hill” with her six aunts and seven boy cousins still resonates with many readers. Published in a Puffin Classics edition, the sequel catches up with Rose, now a young woman and back from two years abroad. But what Rose has to contend with now that she’s grown into a lovely and eligible lady is the attentions of many male admirers — and her need to show that she’s an independent person with her own ideas about life in general and right and wrong in particular!