Fri, 5 January 2018
The Mummy’s Curse, by Louisa May Alcott. Today on The Classic Tales Podcast.
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Bronson Alcott called his scribbling daughter “An arsenal of powers”, and he certainly was right. While most modern readers connect her with the quiet domestic and moral life found in Little Women, what may don’t understand is that for many years prior to writing her opus, she wrote many, many thrillers leaning to the Gothic style of horror. She called them her “blood and thunder” books. In a letter to Alf Whitman she revealed her plan for being published with a periodical called The Ledger:
“I intend to illuminate The Ledger with a blood & thunder tale as they are easy to compose & are better paid than moral…works.”
She was a ravenous reader, and at a very young age devoured the works of Dickens, Irving, Dante, Shakespeare, Hawthorne and others. The Scarlet Letter was one of her favorite books. We’ll delve further into Alcott’s blood and thunder tales in the weeks to come. Don’t miss it!
And now, Lost in a Pyramid, or The Mummy’s Curse, by Louisa May Alcott