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Little Women

Little Women

Little Women (or Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy) is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888). The book was written and set in the Alcott family home, Orchard House, in Concord, Massachusetts. The novel follows the lives of four sisters-Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March-and is l... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781611042320
Published 18 September 2010 by Readaclassic.com
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ISBN-13 9781611042320
ISBN-10 1611042321
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Publisher Readaclassic.com
Imprint Readaclassic.com
Publication Date 18 September 2010
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Alcott, Louisa May
Category General & Literary Fiction
Classic Fiction
Number of Pages 418 pp
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 22mm
Weight 558g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
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Little Women (or Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy) is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888). The book was written and set in the Alcott family home, Orchard House, in Concord, Massachusetts. The novel follows the lives of four sisters-Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March-and is loosely based on the author's childhood experiences with her three sisters. Alcott's original work explores the overcoming of character flaws. Many of the chapter titles in this first part are allusions to the allegorical concepts and places in Pilgrim's Progress. When young, the girls played Pilgrim's Progress by taking an imaginary journey through their home. As young women, they agree to continue the figurative journey, using the guidebooks - copies of The Pilgrim's Progress, described as that beautiful old story of the best life ever lived ; they receive on Christmas morning. Each of the March girls must struggle to overcome a character flaw: Meg, vanity; Jo, a hot temper; Beth, shyness; and Amy, selfishness. In the course of the novel, the girls become friends with their next-door neighbor, the teenage boy Laurie. The book depicts the light hearted, often humorous activities of the sisters and their friend, such as creating a newspaper and picnicking, and the various scrapes that Jo and Laurie get into. Jo consistently struggles with the boundaries 19th century society placed on females, including not being able to fight in a war, not being able to attend college, and being pressured by her Aunt March to find a suitable husband to take care of her. Little Women is truly a classic you will enjoy reading again and again.

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