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Little Women

Little Women

Little Women is one of the most beloved novels in children's literature. A perennial classic with fans the world over.

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ISBN 9780349011820
Barcode 9780349011820
Published 9 October 2018 by Little, Brown Book Group
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Alcott, Louisa May
Series Virago modern classics
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ISBN-13 9780349011820
ISBN-10 0349011826
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
Imprint Virago Press Ltd
Publication Date 9 October 2018
International Publication Date 6 September 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Alcott, Louisa May
Series Virago modern classics
Category Classic Fiction (Pub. < 1900)
Number of Pages 368
Dimensions Width: 209mm
Height: 135mm
Spine: 23mm
Weight 288g
Interest Age Children
Reading Age Children
Library of Congress March family Fictitious characters - Fiction, Sisters - Fiction, United States - Fiction - Social life and customs
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 813.4
Catalogue Code Not specified

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Little Women is one of the most beloved novels in children's literature. A perennial classic with fans the world over. Meg - the sweet-tempered one. Jo - the bookish one. Beth - the shy one. Amy - the sassy one. Generations of readers young and old, have fallen in love with the March sisters of Louisa May Alcott's most popular and enduring novel, Little Women. Here are talented tomboy and author-to-be Jo, gentle Beth, beautiful Meg and romantic, spoiled Amy, united in their devotion to each other and their struggles to survive in New England during the Civil War. Also available in Virago Children's Classics: Good Wives, Little Men and Jo's Boys

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Author's Bio

Louisa May Alcott was born in Pennsylvania in 1832. Like the character of Jo March in Little Women, young Louisa didn't conform to the restrictions placed on girls of the period: 'No boy could be my friend till I had beaten him in a race,' she claimed, 'and no girl if she refused to climb trees, leap fences.' And, also like Jo, she was highly imaginative and writing was an early passion. As her family was often in financial difficulty, Louisa worked from a young age to support her family, taking any position available: a governess, domestic servant, seamstress and teacher were among her jobs. She also wrote poetry and short stories for popular magazines, and melodramatic novels under a pseudonym. When the American Civil War began, Louisa, who fervently opposed slavery, lamented that women weren't able to fight, and volunteered as a nurse at the Union Hospital in Georgetown, Washington. Her nursing career was brief as she contracted typhoid, but she wrote Hospital Sketches, a truthful and poignant account based on letters she wrote home to her family in Concord, and it was published to great acclaim. In 1868 Louisa was asked by her publisher to write 'a girls' story'. This resulted in Little Women, which is largely based on the experiences of the author and her three sisters. It was a phenomenal success. In a time when children's books were morality tales featuring idealised, two-dimensional protagonists, Little Women was revolutionary, peopled as it was by relatable, flawed, fully realised characters. Its success guaranteed financial stability for Louisa, who continued the March family's story in Good Wives, Little Men and Jo's Boys. Louisa never married, concluding that 'liberty is a better husband than love.' She died in 1888 and is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord.

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