Little Women (Google eBook)

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Arc Manor LLC, 2009 - Fiction - 400 pages
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LITTLE WOMEN or, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott. Written and published in two parts in 1868 and 1869, 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. The book was an immediate commercial and critical success. Alcott followed Little Women with two sequels reprising the March sisters, Little Men (1871) and Jo's Boys (1886).
  

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Great book with wonderful storytelling. - LibraryThing
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He understands her and supports her writing. - LibraryThing
But Alcott didn't give us this happy ending. - LibraryThing
The book that made me want to be a writer. - LibraryThing

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I can't believe it took me this many years to read this book. And I can't believe it took me months to actually read it. I blame this entirely on the fact that I only read my Kindle when I'm on the ... Read full review

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A joy to finally read, after seeing both the 1933 and (the best) 1994 versions of the movie several times. I ate it up, cover to cover. I was glad the novel gave more about the sisters' lives after ... Read full review

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Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, in 1832. Two years later, she moved with her family to Boston and in 1840 to Concord, which was to remain her family home for the rest of her life. Her father, Bronson Alcott, was a transcendentalist and friend of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. Alcott early realized that her father could not be counted on as sole support of his family, and so she sacrificed much of her own pleasure to earn money by sewing, teaching, and churning out potboilers. Her reputation was established with Hospital Sketches (1863), which was an account of her work as a volunteer nurse in Washington, D.C. Alcott's first works were written for children, including her best-known Little Women (1868--69) and Little Men: Life at Plumfield with Jo's Boys (1871). Moods (1864), a "passionate conflict," was written for adults. Alcott's writing eventually became the family's main source of income. Throughout her life, Alcott continued to produce highly popular and idealistic literature for children. An Old-Fashioned Girl (1870), Eight Cousins (1875), Rose in Bloom (1876), Under the Lilacs (1878), and Jack and Jill (1881) enjoyed wide popularity. At the same time, her adult fiction, such as the autobiographical novel Work: A Story of Experience (1873) and A Modern Mephistopheles (1877), a story based on the Faust legend, shows her deeper concern with such social issues as education, prison reform, and women's suffrage. She realistically depicts the problems of adolescents and working women, the difficulties of relationships between men and women, and the values of the single woman's life.

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