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Little Women

Little Women
 

Louisa May Alcott wrote many books, but Little Women retains a special place in the heart of American literature. Her warmly realistic stories, sense of comedy and tragedy, and insights into human nature make the romance, humor and sweet stories of Little Women come alive. The fo... read full description below.

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Published 14 December 2012 by Createspace
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ISBN-13 9781481256995
ISBN-10 1481256998
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Createspace
Imprint Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date 14 December 2012
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Alcott, Louisa May
Category Classic Fiction (Pub. < 1900)
Classic Fiction
Number of Pages 416
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 22mm
Weight 553g
Interest Age 9-12 years
Reading Age 9-12 years
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code Not specified

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Louisa May Alcott wrote many books, but Little Women retains a special place in the heart of American literature. Her warmly realistic stories, sense of comedy and tragedy, and insights into human nature make the romance, humor and sweet stories of Little Women come alive. The four March girls -- practical Meg, rambunctious Jo, sweet Beth and childish artist Amy -- live in genteel poverty with their mother Marmee; their father is away in the Civil War. Despite having little money, the girls keep their spirits up with writing, gardening, homemade plays, and the occasional romp with wealthier pals. Their pal, poor little rich boy Laurie, joins in and becomes their adoptive brother, as the girls deal with Meg's first romance, Beth's life-threatening illness, and fears for their father's safety. The second half of the book opens with Meg's wedding (if not to the man of her dreams, then to the man she loves). Things rapidly go awry after the wedding, when Laurie admits his true feelings to Jo -- only to be rejected. Distraught, he leaves; Amy also leaves on a trip to Europe with a picky old relative. Despite the deterioration of Beth's health, Jo makes her way into a job as a governess, seeking to put her treasured writing into print -- and finds her destiny as well. There's a clearly autobiographical tone to Little Women. Not surprising -- the March girls really are like the girls next door. Alcott wrote their flaws, strengths, and misadventures with a sense of authenticity. How much of it is real? A passage late in the book portrays Alcott -- in the form of Jo -- scribbling down the book itself, and getting it published because it feels so real and true. Although Little Women may seem daunting because of its length, the actual stories flow nicely and smoothly. There's something for everyone in Alcott's classics: drama, romance, humor, sad and happy endings alike. Alcott's writing itself is nicely detailed. While certain items are no longer in common use, Alcott's stories could easily be seen in a modern home. Jo is the quintessential tomboy, and the best character in the book: rough, gawky, fun-loving, impulsive, with a love of literature and a mouth that is slightly too big. Meg's love of luxury adds a flaw to the perfect little homemaker image, and Beth barely avoids being shown as too saintly. Amy is an annoying little brat throughout much of the first half of the book, but by her teens she's almost as good as Jo. Little Women is one of those rare classic novels that is still relevant, funny, fresh and heartbreaking today. Louisa May Alcott's best-known novel is a magnificent achievement.

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Author's Bio

Louisa May Alcott (1832 -1888) was an American novelist. She is best known for the novel Little Women and its sequels Little Men and Jo's Boys. Little Women was set in the Alcott family home, Orchard House in Concord, Massachusetts, and published in 1868. This novel is loosely based on her childhood experiences with her three sisters. Alcott's literary success arrived with the publication by the Roberts Brothers of the first part of Little Women: or Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, a semi-autobiographical account of her childhood with her sisters in Concord, Massachusetts. Part two, or Part Second, also known as Good Wives, followed the March sisters into adulthood and their respective marriages. Little Men detailed Jo's life at the Plumfield School that she founded with her husband Professor Bhaer at the conclusion of Part Two of Little Women. Jo's Boys completed the March Family Saga. In Little Women, Alcott based her heroine Jo on herself. But whereas Jo marries at the end of the story, Alcott remained single throughout her life. In her later life, Alcott became an advocate for women's suffrage and was the first woman to register to vote in Concord, Massachusetts, in a school board election. Alcott, along with Elizabeth Stoddard, Rebecca Harding Davis, Anne Moncure Crane, and others, were part of a group of female authors during the Gilded Age who addressed women's issues in a modern and candid manner. Alcott, who continued to write until her death, suffered chronic health problems in her later years. Alcott died of a stroke in Boston, on March 6, 1888, at age 55, two days after visiting her father's deathbed. Her last words were Is it not meningitis?

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