A fiery and passionate tale by the beloved author of Little Women
Writing under thepseudonym A. M. Barnard, Louisa May Alcott wrote a series of what she termed“blood and thunder” thrillers for a weekly pulp magazine. Pauline’s Passion andPunishment, and Other Escapades brings together five of these wicked tales.
In “Pauline’s Passionand Punishment,” narrated by Emily Rankin, Alcott explores the unfairroles of men and women, as well as the societal expectations and forbiddendesires in this story of love and vengeance.
Set in Victorian Britain, in “Behind a Mask; or, A Woman’s Power,” narrated by Gabrielle deCuir, a new governess, Jean Muir, arrives to serve the wealthy Coventry family,but is she really who she says she is? As she works her way into the hearts andminds of the Coventrys, will her true intentions be revealed?
“Marion Earle; or, Only anActress,” narrated by Susan Hanfield, brings sexual betrayal and abandonment tocenter stage, following the life of an actress and her scandalous profession.
Virginie Varens is a femmefatale in “V. V.; or, Plots and Counterplots,” narrated by Justine Eyre, whichtells the tale of Alcott’s most devious heroine caught up in misdirectedpassion and jealousy.
In “A Perilous Play,”narrated by Janis Ian, a group of women have a picnic on the banks of a harborisland. What sounds like an idyllic and innocent activity becomes the center ofdrama, romance, and scandalous events involving hashish-laced sweets.