“Little Women” Author’s Sensational Early Works

By Karen Harris
Circa 1860: American author Louisa May Alcott (1832 - 1888). (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Louisa May Alcott, the author of the beloved book, “Little Women”, it turns out, wrote more sensational works than the mild, PG antics of the March sisters, Jo, Beth, Amy, and Meg. Turns out, the author and suffragist penned novellas, called “potboilers”, early in her writing career under an androgynous pen name, A.M. Barnard, which feature femme fatale characters and tales of deception and intrigue.