A fiery and passionate tale by the beloved author of Little Women
Writing under the
pseudonym A. M. Barnard, Louisa May Alcott wrote a series of what she termed
“blood and thunder” thrillers for a weekly pulp magazine. Pauline’s Passion and
Punishment, and Other Escapades brings together five of these wicked tales.
In “Pauline’s Passion
and Punishment,” narrated by Emily Rankin, Alcott explores the unfair
roles of men and women, as well as the societal expectations and forbidden
desires in this story of love and vengeance.
Set in Victorian Britain, in “Behind a Mask; or, A Woman’s Power,” narrated by Gabrielle de
Cuir, a new governess, Jean Muir, arrives to serve the wealthy Coventry family,
but is she really who she says she is? As she works her way into the hearts and
minds of the Coventrys, will her true intentions be revealed?
“Marion Earle; or, Only an
Actress,” narrated by Susan Hanfield, brings sexual betrayal and abandonment to
center stage, following the life of an actress and her scandalous profession.
Virginie Varens is a femme
fatale in “V. V.; or, Plots and Counterplots,” narrated by Justine Eyre, which
tells the tale of Alcott’s most devious heroine caught up in misdirected
passion and jealousy.
In “A Perilous Play,”
narrated by Janis Ian, a group of women have a picnic on the banks of a harbor
island. What sounds like an idyllic and innocent activity becomes the center of
drama, romance, and scandalous events involving hashish-laced sweets. Download and start listening now!