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

By Louisa May Alcott

Louisa may well Alcott’s little-known novella is an inventive research 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 delighted with their younger new resident and locate themselves beguiled through her grace and wonder. yet this give up to her “innocent’ charms quickly units the boys quarreling for her cognizance, with the ladies beside themselves with jealousy. thrilled along with her luck, pass over Muir units her points of interest at the maximum prize—but she has simply 3 days to say victory sooner than the reality, at the back of her masks, might be exposed.

American novelist Louisa might Alcott is better remembered for the perennially renowned Little Women.

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Consequently, he often appears as a poor 1m1tator of Wordsworth. For example, Wordsworth's 'Resolution and Independence' (I8o2) offered Bryant the possibility of presenting the particular kind of emotional involvement with nature which follows a prolonged and heavy storm. Thus, Bryant's 'After A Tempest' (I 824) overtly confesses the influence of the opening stanzas of Wordsworth's poem. Bryant: The day had been a day of cloud and storm, The wind was laid, the rain was overpast, And stooping from the zenith, bright and warm, Shone the great sun on the wide earth at last.

I '1 be idle as the air. Bryant calls to his wife: Come, thou, in whose soft eyes I see The gentle meanings of thy heart, One day amid the woods with me, From men and all their cares apart. However, when Bryant tried to develop Wordsworth's concept of joy he failed badly. Wordsworth's influence upon 'The Gladness of Nature' (1826) is betrayed in Bryant's use of the word 'breathed' which Wordsworth uses for similar purposes in one of the Lyrical Ballads. In Bryant's poem 'gladness breathes from the blossoming ground', while in the Lyrical Ballads there is a sense of joy and 'spontaneous wisdom breathed by health,/Truth breathed by cheerfulness'.

At first this influence may seem incongruous with the American author's commitment to a distinctive, national American literature. The key to this seeming paradox is in the American writer's fresh engagement with the British text, his selectiveness, and subsequent creative use of his reading. This creative reading is explicable in terms of the writer's changing conception of himself during the Romantic period, described by Professor Abrams: The stress was shifted more and more to the poet's natural genius, creative imagination, and emotional spontaneity, at the expense of the opposing attributes of judgement, learning, and artful restraints.

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