Published by Bantam on September 1, 1995
This chilling tale of lust, deception and greed, first published anonymously in 1877, 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.
A cross between Wuthering Heights and Romeo and Juliet. I’ve read several other novels of Louisa May Alcott under the pseudonym A.M.Barnard and isn’t my favorite. A bit slow until the last 25% of the book. Had a satisfactory (if not sad) ending.