Behind a Mask: Or, a Woman's Power (The Floating Press) by Louisa May Alcott

By Louisa May Alcott

Louisa may perhaps Alcott’s little-known novella is an inventive learn of deception, betrayal, and the ruthless strength of a lady scorned.

When demure Scottish governess Jean Muir arrives at a filthy rich family, the family members couldn’t be extra overjoyed with their younger new resident and locate themselves beguiled through her grace and sweetness. yet this hand over to her “innocent’ charms quickly units the lads quarreling for her cognizance, with the ladies beside themselves with jealousy. overjoyed along with her luck, omit Muir units her attractions at the maximum prize—but she has purely 3 days to say victory prior to the reality, in the back of her masks, might be exposed.

American novelist Louisa may perhaps Alcott is better remembered for the perennially well known Little Women.

Show description

Read Online or Download Behind a Mask: Or, a Woman's Power (The Floating Press) PDF

Best american literature books


Traduit de l'anglais (Etats-Unis) par Cécile Chartres

Dans l. a. banlieue de Chicago, là où les impasses résidentielles s’achèvent sur le mur qui protège l’autoroute, Tommie, onze ans, des dizaines de taches de rousseur et une mère qui ne los angeles surveille pas, rencontre Lamb, los angeles cinquantaine et qui traverse une mauvaise passe. On ne saurait parler d’amitié entre deux êtres séparés par une telle différence d’âge. D’emblée Lamb endosse le rôle d’une sorte de jeune grand-père, ou de vieil oncle, un peu pontifiant, un peu donneur de leçons. Mais, des leçons, los angeles fillette n’en a sans doute pas reçu assez, et elle écoute Lamb avec plaisir lorsqu’ils se donnent rendez-vous après l’école pour manger un hot-dog.

C’est lui qui suggère qu’ils quittent los angeles ville tous les deux. Il a un chalet dans l. a. montagne, loin, au-delà des grandes plaines du Midwest, où ils pourront vivre au grand air. Elle le soupçonne parfois d’affabuler, pourtant un beau jour ils partent bel et bien. Elle n’a rien dit à ses mom and dad mais ce n’est pas grave. Ce sera leur mystery à tous les deux.

Ils ne devaient passer que quelques jours ensemble, ils resteront au chalet plusieurs semaines. Parfois Tommie doit se cacher dans l’atelier, afin que les rares visiteurs qui troublent leur retraite n’aillent surtout pas se faire des idées. Et, seule, dans le froid, elle tente de se persuader que Lamb, en toutes circonstances, n’agit que pour son bien.

King, Queen, Knave (Vintage)

The unconventional is the tale of Dreyer, a prosperous and boisterous owner of a men's garments emporium shop.  Ruddy, self-satisfied, and punctiliously masculine, he's completely repugnant to his beautiful yet chilly middle-class spouse Martha.   

Attracted to his funds yet repelled via his oblivious ardour, she longs for his or her nephew in its place, the myopic Franz. Newly arrived in Berlin, Franz quickly repays his uncle's condescension in his aunt's mattress.

Our Young Man

Our younger guy follows the lifetime of a stunning Frenchman, man, as he is going from the commercial urban of Clermont-Ferrand to the head of the modeling career in manhattan City's type international, turning into the darling of fireplace Island's homosexual neighborhood.

Like Wilde's Dorian gray, man by no means turns out to age; at thirty-five he's nonetheless modeling, nonetheless having fun with lavish presents from older males who think he's twenty-three—though their attentions continuously come at a value.

Ambivalently, man allows them to think, pushed particularly by means of the reminiscence of turning out to be up bad, till he unearths he wishes the mislead safe not just wealth, yet love itself.

Surveying the complete spectrum of homosexual amorous lifestyles in the course of the disco period and into the age of AIDS, Edmund White (who labored at style for ten years) explores the facility of actual beauty—to fascinate, to enslave, and to deceive—with gleaming wit and pathos.

American and European Literary Imagination

Western tradition consists of a sophisticated and intricate mix of affects: non secular, philosophical, linguistic, political, social, and sociological. American tradition is a selected pressure, yet until ecu antecedents and modern leanings are duly famous, any ensuing background is predestined to provincialism and distortion.

Extra info for Behind a Mask: Or, a Woman's Power (The Floating Press)

Sample text

Lewis, in his classic study The American Adam, took note of this 12 ● Language and the Renewal of Society difference even as he accepted its blurring. “I must distinguish between the notion of progress toward perfection and the notion of primitive Adamic perfection,” he wrote, adding, “Both ideas were current [in the nineteenth century], but they overlapped and intertwined” (5 n. 5). What allows the two notions to be reconciled is the erasure of history. As Lewis notes, the Adamic man—and the figure is emphatically masculine—is “an individual emancipated from history, happily bereft of ancestry, untouched and undefiled by the usual inheritances of family and race.

Riding) Jackson used the word “truth” to describe this oneness of minds—which she understood in Spinozist terms— and her poems give continual testimony to it, as do her post-poetic critical writings, especially The Telling. Whitman and Olson wrote poems that give inklings of this higher state of knowledge and awareness, Whitman in particular. All of “Song of Myself” is a hymn to the unity of mind and world, a paean to this oneness of minds in society. Finally, poems can describe and so help to produce a desire for the utopian moment when words will become perfectly adequate to things, producing higher awareness and happiness and renewing society.

The dialogue as a whole follows the course of Socrates’s attempts to prove both Hermogenes and Cratylus wrong in their positions on language, at first from the standpoint of Mimetism (presented as a rational mediation between Conventionalism and Naturalism), eventually from the standpoint of Idealism, a rupture in the understanding of language and its epistemological possibilities as previously presented in the dialogue. The Idealist position considers language philosophically insufficient as an instrument of knowledge, conceiving of the true as outside the realm of the representable.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.55 of 5 – based on 12 votes