A Garland for Girls

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The Floating Press, Jan 1, 2011 - Fiction - 211 pages
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Whether you're a long-time fan of Louisa May Alcott who is eager to explore more of her oeuvre or a newcomer to her work, the charming stories collected in A Garland for Girls offer a pleasing introduction to the imaginative world of the author best known for writing the beloved novel Little Women. Originally intended for girls and young adults, this collection will bring a smile to the faces of readers of all ages.
 

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Just a sweet collection of short stories involving girls, and showing the strength of girlhood and the impact on those around them, when girls put thought and their whole selves into their endeavors. Read full review

Contents

Preface
4
May Flowers
5
An Ivy Spray and Ladies Slippers
41
Pansies
65
WaterLilies
86
Poppies and Wheat
119
Little ButtonRose
155
MountainLaurel and MaidenHair
197
MountainLaurel
212
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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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