Little Women and Werewolves

Little Women and Werewolves

A literary landmark—the original, suppressed draft of the classic novel! Little Women is a timeless classic. But Louisa May Alcott’s first draft—before her editor sunk his teeth into it—was even better. Now the original text has at last been exhumed. In this uncensored version, the March girls learn some biting lessons, transforming from wild girls into little women—just as their friends and neighbors transform into vicious, bloodthirsty werewolves! Here are tomboy Jo, quiet Beth, ladylike Amy, and good-hearted Meg, plus lovable neighbor Laurie Laurence, now doomed to prowl the night on all fours, maiming and devouring the locals. As the Civil War rages, the girls learn the value of being kind, the merits of patience and grace, and the benefits of knowing a werewolf who can disembowel your teacher. By turns heartwarming and blood-curdling, this rejuvenated classic will be cherished and treasured by those who love a lesson in virtue almost as much as they enjoy a good old-fashioned dismemberment. Includes the original letter from Alcott’s editor, telling her not to even think about it! From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Afterlife of "Little Women"

The Afterlife of

The hit Broadway show of 1912; the lost film of 1919; Katharine Hepburn, as Jo, sliding down a banister in George Cukor’s 1933 movie; Mark English’s shimmering 1967 illustrations; Jo—this time played by Sutton Foster—belting "I'll be / astonishing" in the 2004 Broadway musical flop: these are only some of the markers of the afterlife of Little Women. Then there’s the nineteenth-century child who wrote, "If you do not... make Laurie marry Beth, I will never read another of your books as long as I live." Not to mention Miss Manners, a Little Women devotee, who announced that the book taught her an important life lesson: "Although it’s very nice to have two clean gloves, it’s even more important to have a little ink on your fingers." In The Afterlife of Little Women, Beverly Lyon Clark, a leading authority on children’s literature, explores these and other after-tremors, both popular and academic, as she maps the reception of Louisa May Alcott’s timeless novel, first published in 1868. Clark divides her discussion into four historical periods. The first covers the novel’s publication and massive popularity in the late nineteenth century. In the second era—the first three decades of the twentieth century—the novel becomes a nostalgic icon of the domesticity of a previous century, while losing status among the literary and scholarly elite. In its mid-century afterlife (1930–1960), Little Women reaches a low in terms of its critical reputation but remains a well-known piece of Americana within popular culture. The book concludes with a long chapter on Little Women’s afterlife from the 1960s to the present—a period in which the reading of the book seems to decline, while scholarly attention expands dramatically and popular echoes continue to proliferate. Drawing on letters and library records as well as reviews, plays, operas, film and television adaptations, spinoff novels, translations, Alcott biographies, and illustrations, Clark demonstrates how the novel resonates with both conservative family values and progressive feminist ones. She grounds her story in criticism of children’s literature, book history, cultural studies, feminist criticism, and adaptation studies. Written in an accessible narrative style, The Afterlife of Little Women speaks to scholars, librarians, and devoted Alcott fans.

Textual Transformations in Children's Literature

Adaptations, Translations, Reconsiderations

Textual Transformations in Children's Literature

This book offers new critical approaches for the study of adaptations, abridgments, translations, parodies, and mash-ups that occur internationally in contemporary children’s culture. It follows recent shifts in adaptation studies that call for a move beyond fidelity criticism, a paradigm that measures the success of an adaptation by the level of fidelity to the "original" text, toward a methodology that considers the adaptation to be always already in conversation with the adapted text. This book visits children’s literature and culture in order to consider the generic, pedagogical, and ideological underpinnings that drive both the process and the product. Focusing on novels as well as folktales, films, graphic novels, and anime, the authors consider the challenges inherent in transforming the work of authors such as William Shakespeare, Charles Perrault, L.M. Montgomery, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and A.A. Milne into new forms that are palatable for later audiences particularly when—for perceived ideological or political reasons—the textual transformation is not only unavoidable but entirely necessary. Contributors consider the challenges inherent in transforming stories and characters from one type of text to another, across genres, languages, and time, offering a range of new models that will inform future scholarship.

Vampires, Zombies, Werewolves and Ghosts

25 Classic Stories of the Supernatural

Vampires, Zombies, Werewolves and Ghosts

They are the fearful images that have stalked humanity’s nightmares for centuries, supernatural creatures that feast on flesh and haunt the soul, macabre and uncanny beings that frighten and fascinate the imagination. Vampires, Zombies, Werewolves, and Ghosts collects classic stories from literary masters inspired by folklore and mythology who dared to explore the darker side of human nature and crafted tales that defied convention, stirred up controversy, and gave life to a storytelling genre that has endured for generations. With stories by Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, Henry James, Anne Sexton, Oscar Wilde, Yvonne Navarro, Fritz Leiber, Ramsey Campbell, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Angela Carter, and others…

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Werewolves

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Werewolves

The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Werewolves takes you deep into the mysterious corners of the werewolf world-and brings you out alive. You'll learn about the history of shapeshifters and werewolves from around the world, savagely entertaining werewolf facts and stories, and how humans transform into these beasts (and what kills them).

Nuns and Werewolves

A Modern Day Tale of Witchcraft and Deception

Nuns and Werewolves

Nuns and Werewolves was written to be sheer entertainment. It is a modern day gothic tale peppered with witchcraft, lycanthropy, violence, lust, and murder. Heavy and dark; yes, but also campy and sexy. Over-the-top characters carry the story of the tumultuous lives of two women brought together as young orphaned girls; raised in a remote convent school with nothing to keep them entertained except their schoolwork and one girls knowledge of witchcraft, which she secretly shares with her only friend. At the age of seventeen, the girls are disunited due to their differing philosophies of life and their mutual desires for a young male artist who is working in the convent school. Their conflicts lead them into dark spells, lycanthropy, and murder. Thirty-two years later, the conflict continues. One of the girls is now the mature mother of the artists philandering gay son, who has inherited his fathers propensity to howl at the moon. She engages the services of the campy Grande Dame of Wiccas in an effort to exorcise the spirit of a vengeful ghost from her home. A seance gone wrong, reanimation of the dead, unrequited love, a gay love affair, a ninety-four year old wizard and a gala Halloween celebration in West Hollywood, California add to the mix as the life and death struggle between the two girls culminates. All the makings of a prime-time soap opera for the horror buff.

Wolves and Werewolves

Wolves and Werewolves

An astronaut unknowingly brings back a moon creature that is determined to explore the earth before returning to the moon.

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Nineteenth-Century Short Stories by Women

A Routledge Anthology

Nineteenth-Century Short Stories by Women

This anthology brings together twenty-eight lively and readable short stories by nineteenth-century women writers, including gothic tales to romances, detective fiction and ghost stories. Containing short fiction by well-known authors such as: * Maria Edgeworth * Mary Shelley * Elizabeth Gaskell * Margaret Oliphant Nineteenth-Century Short Stories by Women also includes: * a scholarly introduction * biographies for each of the authors * full explanatory notes and suggestions for further reading * a critical commentary, publication details and historical context * a full and wide-ranging bibliography The bibliography of resources and further reading will enable those interested in pursuing research on any author or topic to do so with ease, and a thematic index will enable teachers to select material best suited to their courses.