B.J. Harrison reads Louisa May Alcott’s famous novella "Behind a Mask", which is widely considered to be Alcott’s masterpiece in sensation fiction.
A wealthy Victorian-era family recruits Jean Muir as sixteen-year-old Bella’s governess. But soon enough, Jean Muir appears to have everyone under her spell, and to have the power to do everything as she pleases.
This novella from the late 19th century was initially published under Louisa May Alcott’s pseudonym A. M. Barnard. Filled with femme fatale energy and social power struggles, the story was even considered to be very controversial at the time of its publication.
B. J. Harrison started his Classic Tales Podcast back in 2007, wanting to breathe new life into classic stories. He masterfully plays with a wide array of voices and accents and has since then produced over 500 audiobooks. Now in collaboration with SAGA Egmont, his engaging narration of these famous classics is available to readers everywhere.
Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) was an American writer of numerous beloved novels, short stories and poems. She was a feminist, and many of her stories are loosely based on her own life experiences. She is primarily known for her young adult fiction but also wrote gothic thrillers, albeit anonymously, and sensational stories under the pen name A.M. Barnard. One of her best-known works is "Little Women", a novel that has been turned into numerous film and television adaptations, such as the 1994 film Little Women with Winona Ryder as the protagonist Jo March.
Louisa May Alcott naît en 1832 en Pennsylvanie et meurt à Boston en 1888. A l'âge de seize ans, elle écrit son premier livre, un recueil de poèmes. Mais c'est le théâtre qui l'attire : elle veut devenir actrice et écrit plusieurs comédies. Elle fait paraître des poèmes et des nouvelles dans un journal. Pendant la guerre civile, elle sert comme infirmière. Elle se rend ensuite en Europe, où elle dirige un journal pour enfants. Avec Les Quatre Filles du docteur March, Louisa May Alcott connaît un succès qui l'encourage à écrire une suite. A travers ses romans transparaît sa personnalité généreuse et altruiste.