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Little Women

Little Women

Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888), which was originally published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. Alcott wrote the books rapidly over several months at the request of her publisher. The novel follows the lives of four sisters-Meg, Jo, Beth,... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781538018002
Barcode 9781538018002
Published 20 February 2017 by Nook Press
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781538018002
ISBN-10 1538018004
Stock Out of stock
Status Not currently available
Publisher Nook Press
Imprint Nook Press
Publication Date 20 February 2017
Publication Country
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Alcott, Louisa May
Category General & Literary Fiction
Modern Fiction
Historical Fiction
Classic Fiction
Number of Pages 458
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 30mm
Weight 826g
Interest Age 7-9 years
Reading Age 7-9 years
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code FIC
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Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888), which was originally published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. Alcott wrote the books rapidly over several months at the request of her publisher. The novel follows the lives of four sisters-Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March-detailing their passage from childhood to womanhood, and is loosely based on the author and her three sisters. Little Women was an immediate commercial and critical success, and readers demanded to know more about the characters. Alcott quickly completed a second volume (entitled Good Wives in the United Kingdom, although this name derived from the publisher and not from Alcott). It was also successful. The two volumes were issued in 1880 in a single work entitled Little Women. Alcott also wrote two sequels to her popular work, both of which also featured the March sisters: Little Men (1871) and Jo's Boys (1886). Although Little Women was a novel for girls, it differed notably from the current writings for children, especially girls. The novel addressed three major themes: domesticity, work, and true love, all of them interdependent and each necessary to the achievement of its heroine's individual identity. Little Women has been read as a romance or as a quest, or both. It has been read as a family drama that validates virtue over wealth, but also as a means of escaping that life by women who knew its gender constraints only too well. According to Sarah Elbert, Alcott created a new form of literature, one that took elements from Romantic children's fiction and combined it with others from sentimental novels, resulting in a totally new format. Elbert argued that within Little Women can be found the first vision of the All-American girl and that her multiple aspects are embodied in the differing March sisters.

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