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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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Moods (American Women Writers)

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Like her later works for children, Alcott's first novel is well and imaginatively written, highly moralistic, unlikely, and moving. --The Antioch Review Moods, Louisa May Alcott's first novel, was published in 1864, four years before the best-selling Little Women. The novel unconventionally presents a little woman, a true-hearted abolitionist spinster, and a fallen Cuban beauty, their lives intersecting in Alcott's first major depiction of the woman problem. Sylvia Yule, the heroine of Moods, is a passionate tomboy who yearns for adventure. The novel opens as she embarks on a river camping trip with her brother and his two friends, both of whom fall in love with her. These rival suitors, close friends, are modeled on Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. Aroused, but still moody and inexperienced, Sylvia marries the wrong man. In the rest of the novel, Alcott attempts to resolve the dilemma she has created and leaves her readers asking whether, in fact, there is a place for a woman such as Sylvia in a man's world. In 1882, eighteen years after the original publication, Alcott revised and republished the novel. Her own literary success and the changes she helped forge in women's lives now allowed her heroine to meet, as Alcott said, a wiser if less romantic fate than in the former edition. This volume contains the complete text of the 1864 Moods and Alcott's revisions for the 1882 version, along with explanatory notes by the editor. Sarah Elbert is a professor of history at the State University of New York, Binghamton. She is the author of A Hunger for Home: Louisa May Alcott's Place in American Culture (Rutgers University Press, 1987).

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Sylvia Yule marries one of her brother's two best friends, only to discover she has chosen the wrong man.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. xliii-xlvii).

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ISBN:
9780813516707
Editor:
Elbert, Sarah
Author:
Elbert, Sarah
Author:
Alcott, Louisa May
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Location:
New Brunswick :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
American
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one auth
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
American women writers series
Series Volume:
no. 72
Publication Date:
19910131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
538
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in 1 lb

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