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Little Women

Little Women

Jo, Beth, Meg, Amy and their mother endure the hardships of poverty while the girls' father is away fighting in the Civil War.

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ISBN 9780553212754
Barcode 9780553212754
Published 1 February 1998 by Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Alcott, Louisa May
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ISBN-13 9780553212754
ISBN-10 0553212753
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub
Imprint Bantam USA
Publication Date 1 February 1998
International Publication Date 1 April 1983
Publication Country United States United States
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Alcott, Louisa May
Series Bantam Classics
Category General & Literary Fiction
Classic Fiction
Number of Pages 472
Dimensions Width: 107mm
Height: 175mm
Spine: 24mm
Weight 260g
Interest Age 3-6 years
Reading Age 3-6 years
Library of Congress Domestic fiction, New England, Autobiographical fiction, Family - New England, March family (Fictitious characters)
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Little Women is one of the best loved books of all time. Lovely Meg, talented Jo, frail Beth, spoiled Amy: these are hard lessons of poverty and of growing up in New England during the Civil War. Through their dreams, plays, pranks, letters, illnesses, and courtships, women of all ages have become a part of this remarkable family and have felt the deep sadness when Meg leaves the circle of sisters to be married at the end of Part I. Part II, chronicles Meg's joys and mishaps as a young wife and mother, Jo's struggle to become a writer, Beth's tragedy, and Amy's artistic pursuits and unexpected romance. Based on Louise May Alcott's childhood, this lively portrait of nineteenth-century family life possesses a lasting vitality that has endeared it to generations of readers.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review The American female myth. --Madelon Bedell

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Author's Bio

Louisa May Alcott, born in 1832, was the second child of Bronson Alcott of Concord, Massachusetts, a self-taught philosopher, school reformer, and utopian who was much too immersed in the world of ideas to ever succeed in supporting his family. That task fell to his wife and later to his enterprising daughter Louisa May. While her father lectured, wrote, and conversed with such famous friends as Emerson, Hawthorne, and Thoreau, Louisa taught school, worked as a seamstress and nurse, took in laundry, and even hired herself out as a domestic servant at age nineteen. The small sums she earned often kept the family from complete destitution, but it was through her writing that she finally brought them financial independence. I will make a battering-ram of my head, she wrote in her journal, and make a way through this rough-and-tumble world. An enthusiastic participant in amateur theatricals since age ten, she wrote her first melodrama at age fifteen and began publishing poems and sketches at twenty-one. Her brief service as a Civil War nurse resulted in Hospital Sketches (1863), but she earned more from the lurid thrillers she began writing in 1861 under the pseudonym of A.M. Barnard. These tales, with titles like Pauline?s Passion and Punishment, featured strong-willed and flamboyant heroines but were not identified as Alcott?s work until the 1940s.Fame and success came unexpectedly in 1868. When a publisher suggested she write a girl?s book, she drew on her memories of her childhood and wrote Little Women, depicting herself as Jo March, while her sisters Anna, Abby May, and Elizabeth became Meg, Amy, and Beth. She re-created the high spirits of the Alcott girls and took many incidents from life but made the March family financially comfortable as the Alcotts never had been. Little Women, to its author?s surprise, struck a cord an America?s largely female reading public and became a huge success. Louisa was prevailed upon to continue the story, which she did in Little Men (1871) and Jo?s Boys (1886.) In 1873 she published Work- A Story of Experience, an autobiography in fictional disguise with an all too appropriate title.Now a famous writer, she continued to turn out novels and stories and to work for the women?s suffrage and temperance movements, as her father had worked for the abolitionists. Bronson Alcott and Louisa May Alcott both died in Boston in the same month, March of 1888.

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