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Having read, and adored, Little Women, I was intrigued to see this Alcott novel on a free shelf I d never heard of it before and was curious It is so unlike Little Women that quoting one about the other is the only way I can properly respond from Chapter 34, Friend Mr Bhaer said with great disgust, I wish these papers did not come into the house They are not for the children to see, nor young people to read It is not well, and I have no patience with those who make this harm All may Having read, and adored, Little Women, I was intrigued to see this Alcott novel on a free shelf I d never heard of it before and was curious It is so unlike Little Women that quoting one about the other is the only way I can properly respond from Chapter 34, Friend Mr Bhaer said with great disgust, I wish these papers did not come into the house They are not for the children to see, nor young people to read It is not well, and I have no patience with those who make this harm All may not be so bad only silly, you know, and if there is a demand for it, I don t see any harm in supplying it Many very respectable people make an honest living out of what are called sensation stories, said Jo They are trash, and will soon be worse trash if I go on, for each issensational than the last A Modern Mephistopheles honestly surprises me in its over the top sensationalism From Helwyze s soulless manipulation and power plays, to Canaris willingness to play right back along with him, to Olivia s tragic loyalty and Glady s tragic heroism Add a dose of heavy handed wordiness and you have a hot mess of a novel I m flabbergasted that the same author wrote both books evenso that this book was published 10 years after Little Women, 6 years after Little Men It makes me want to find a biography on Alcott s life, which is it s one saving grace Because of that, this book does not earn a place on my permanent shelves This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here 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, 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 retelling of Goethe s Faust, one of the great triumphs of literature This book draws heavily upon Goethe s classic, and also upon Hawthorne s The Scarlett Letter, with a late 19th century American feminist sensibility Though the plot and writing seem to be a stretch at times, there are some very fine moments of beautiful writing that make up for these limitations, giving readers a work with some psychological and philosophical complexity The novella deals with the plight of Felix Canaris, a 19 year old writer and his Faustian pact with the aptly named Jasper Helwyze Canaris is friendless, penniless, and hopeless and all too readily seduced by the promises Helwyze makes him of literary success His wife, Gladys, emerges the heroine of the work, and though she meets her own untimely demise, greatly affects the lives of those around her While A Modern Mephistopheles may not have cemented Alcott s place in literature the way that Little Women did, it is, nonetheless, worth a read at least once It was Alcott s favorite, after all 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 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 Imagine the intensity of Hawthorne and the Christian forbearance of Alcott melded together to make this melodramatic tale of a poor writer who is taken up by an older rich man who sees him as a soul to trifle with There is success and psychological bondage, broken by the pure and lovely Gladys who makes Felix into a man and tames Helwyze before disappearing as these heroines are wont to do A good twist or two at the end, but way too melodramatic for me. 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 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 treatment of women in the Victorian age Mephistopheles is also a study of good versus evil If you do decide to take a chance on this one, be sure to read the Introduction AFTER you finish the book and not before I hate introductions that give too much of the plot away, which this one does However, it is well worth reading 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 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 know it can t have been you who wrote it Indeed, it s nothing like LMA, and I don t just mean it differs from her lighter works of fiction I mean it s a world away from all her darker works too.I just couldn t get into this It bored me Because of my respect for the author I continued to the end, although had it been full length novel as opposed to a novella, I would ve had to give up Owing to the occasional flash of interest, plus a decent ending to an otherwise mundane tale, I ve rated this two stars instead of one 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 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 but instead shows readers the maintenance of one, with heroine Gladys clinging to build and maintain the one she enters into in chapter 5 Alcott retells the story of Faust with agothic, 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. This had a very different writing style than Little Women, almost fable esque This worked well for this kind of story, but I didn t enjoy it as much I got Dangerous Liaisons and The Picture of Dorian Grey vibes However, the characters weren t compelling and the ending was disappointing I listened to the audiobook, which I don t think heightened my reading experience I still want to readAlcott in the future, though. Helwyze All sensationalist literature by Louisa May Alcott has to have a handsome stranger who is obviously Satan And what a handsome devil I am, to be sure Canaris I am poor No one cares about my art Might as well go eat worms Helwyze Naw, stick with me, kid In exchange for a few provisos that may or may not include your soul, I m gonna make you a star Canaris Hot dog Helwyze Go marry that chick Gladys I am pure and womanly, with feminine ladylike girlish qualities Have I Helwyze All sensationalist literature by Louisa May Alcott has to have a handsome stranger who is obviously Satan And what a handsome devil I am, to be sure Canaris I am poor No one cares about my art Might as well go eat worms Helwyze Naw, stick with me, kid In exchange for a few provisos that may or may not include your soul, I m gonna make you a star Canaris Hot dog Helwyze Go marry that chick Gladys I am pure and womanly, with feminine ladylike girlish qualities Have I mentioned my female spirit Canaris What But I don t love her Helwyze We ll totally destroy her It will be hilarious But if you re going to be ungrateful..Canaris No I m grateful I ll marry her Gladys I can make you good, and make you love me Men love women who change them.Canaris I won us tons of money gambling, baby Also my writing has made us double rich Gladys GASP How wicked Helwyze Have some soothing chocolates, Gladys It s a shame your husband doesn t love you but is still devoted to you every second out of guilt or something, and also is decidedly unwholesome My sympathies.Gladys These are tasty passes out Helwyze Just kidding It s hashish What a riot Olivia My lover is the meanest Wake up, Gladys I want to be your mom, even though you re a grown ass woman Can I be your mom Gladys blinks Mommy Canaris Darling I love you after all I can t wait for us to have tons of babies I ll teach them to play catch and gamble Gladys Olivia can be our baby s grandma Olivia Hold on, what are you trying to say Helwyze Gladys sweetness has destroyed me I am suddenly mostly paralyzed.Gladys Helwyze s wickedness has destroyed me and my baby We are fading away to pale and somber death Canaris All this crap and I m still poor The End