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Little Women

Little Women

This is a critical edition of a classic beloved of children and adults since 1868. The introduction provides a history of the Alcotts, and of Louisa Alcott's own struggles as a writer.

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ISBN 9780199538119
Barcode 9780199538119
Published 11 December 2008 by Oxford University Press (S1)
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Alcott, Louisa May
Edited by Alderson, Valerie
Series Oxford World's Classics
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ISBN-13 9780199538119
ISBN-10 0199538115
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
Imprint Oxford University Press
Publication Date 11 December 2008
International Publication Date 1 March 2009
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Alcott, Louisa May
Edited by Alderson, Valerie
Series Oxford World's Classics
Category Literary Studies: 19Th Century
Novels, Other Prose & Writers
Fiction
General & Literary Fiction
Classic Fiction
Number of Pages 528
Dimensions Width: 126mm
Height: 196mm
Spine: 22mm
Weight 354g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Mothers and daughters, Domestic fiction, Sisters, New England, Bildungsromans
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.4
Catalogue Code 992607

Description of this Book

Little Women has remained enduringly popular since its publication in 1868, becoming the inspiration for a whole genre of family stories. Set in a small New England community, it tells of the March family: Marmee looks after daughters in the absence of her husband, who is serving as an army chaplain in the Civil War, and Meg, Jo,Beth, and Amy experience domestic trials and triumphs as they attempt to supplement the family's small income. In the second part of the novel (sometimes known as Good Wives) the girls grow up and fall in love. The novel is highly autobiographical, and in Jo's character Alcott portrays a strong-minded and independent woman, determined to control her own destiny. The introduction to this edition provides a fascinating history of the Alcotts,and of Louisa Alcott's own struggles as a writer.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'this children's novel for all ages is vivid from the very first sentence. ... a children's classic ... lovers of the book will find Valerie Alderson's informed and enthusiastic introduction a valuable bonus, especially about the closely autobiographical nature of the book.' The Observer Review

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Author's Bio

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

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