A Long Fatal Love Chase
Louisa May Alcott
Best known for her all-American classic, Little Women, Alcott's 1866 novel didn't see the light of day until 1995 when it was eventually published. A Long Fatal Love Chase tells the story of heroine Rosamond Vivian as she flees remote island life for a mysterious man who becomes her husband. The Faustian tale was far ahead of its time: unapologetic in its account of the needs and desires of young women, the story's pace and tone differs vastly from Little Women. Rosamond's eventual jailbreak from an unhappy marriage and her subsequent travels as her husband chases her across Europe are full of the religious and moral dilemmas that crop up consistently in Gothic literature.