Kitty's Class Day and Other Stories

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Jan 14, 2008 - Fiction - 380 pages
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Originally published under the title Proverb Stories in 1882, Kitty's Class Day and Other Stories by Louisa May Alcott is an enchanting anthology of short stories. Using different characters in each story, she has portrayed various aspects of life brilliantly. It is a collection with lots of moralistic and didactical ideas. Using proverbs as heading for her stories she has presented profoundly didactic tales.
 

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“Kitty’s Class Day” as a title sounds like a story about a young child going to school, but it is in fact about a 17-year-old obsessed with looking her best, making use of what materials she’s got to ... Read full review

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New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1908. 334 pages, colour frontispiece, 21 cm. Hardcover without dust jacket, blue boards with silver titles, pictorial endpapers. Read full review

Contents

AUNT KIPP
28
PSYCHES ART
65
A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS
102
ON PICKET DUTY
154
THE BARONS GLOVES OR AMYS ROMANCE
193
MY RED CAP
321
WHAT THE BELLS SAW AND SAID
345
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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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