Flower Fables

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The Floating Press, Nov 1, 2010 - Juvenile Fiction - 114 pages
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Though she is now best remembered as the author of the classic novel Little Women, Louisa May Alcott was a prolific writer whose talents led her to explore many different genres. Flower Fables is a collection of fairy tales and poetry that Alcott first put together for Ellen, the daughter of American essayist and Transcendentalist thinker Ralph Waldo Emerson.
 

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Contents

Flower Fables
5
Or the Power of Love
6
Evas Visit to FairyLand
23
The Flowers Lesson
41
LilyBell and Thistledown
45
Little Bud
77
CloverBlossom
88
Little Annies Dream Or the Fairy Flower
95
Ripple the WaterSpirit
106
Fairy Song
123
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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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