Louisa May Alcott: A Long Fatal Love Chase

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  • Helena Maragou
  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 11: Theory, Philosophy, Concepts: History of Ideas and Science.

A Long Fatal Love Chase was written by Louisa May Alcott in 1866, two years before the publication of Little Women, and was initially entitled A Modern Mephistopheles, or The Fatal Love Chase. The novel failed to reach publication because Alcott's publisher rejected it as too long, morbid, and sensational. Alcott persisted, revising and condensing it under the title “Fair Rosamond”; this abridged manuscript has remained unpublished and belongs to the Houghton Library Collection. (1) A Long Fatal Love Chase, as we came to know it in 1995, is the result of a New Hampshire highschool principal's efforts to bring to light the unabridged manuscript which had languished in obscurity until he discovered and …

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Maragou, Helena. "A Long Fatal Love Chase". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 February 2005
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