Although you wouldn’t have guessed it, a manuscript recovered from Harvard University’s Peabody Museum and dated in the late 1800s reveals that Louisa May Alcott, the beloved 19th-century American author of Little Women, actually was quite the little harlot. Adventures with a “Wooden Friend” and more lusty ambitions are laid bare in Fifty Shades of Louisa May: A Memoir of Transcendental Sex. Perhaps the most clever spinoff of E.L. James’s erotica novel, Louisa May’s “memoir,” published under a pseudonym, imagines the feminist writer indulging her every prurient whimsy.

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