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Little Women

By Louisa May Alcott

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Format: Paperback, 456 pages
Published In: United States, 01 July 2010
It is one of the most beloved novels in the English language, and its protagonists among the best friends a reader can have. Louisa May Alcott's Little Women-inspired by her own childhood with three sisters in Concord, Massachusetts-is the simple, elegant tale of tomboy Jo March, who strains against the limitations of women of her time, and dependable Meg, compassionate Beth, and spoiled Amy. Their childhood adventures and squabbles as well as their adult romances and travels continue to enthrall and delight readers a century and a half after the novel was first published, and have inspired stage plays, comic books, and countless film adaptations. Timelessly classic, this is an essential work for any library of 19th-century literature. LOUISA MAY ALCOTT (1832-1888), one of the most well-known American novelists of the 19th century, was born on November 29, 1832 to transcendentalist educator Amos Bronson Alcott and his wife, Abigail May Alcott. She was the second of four sisters (like Jo, her literary corollary), and grew up in a family that encouraged and sympathized with her abolitionist and feminist leanings. As a child she received instruction from noted literary figures such as Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, and Nathaniel Hawthorne, all family friends. In addition to the Little Women series, which included four novels, she wrote 28 other works, three under the pen name A.M Barnard. Though Alcott had chronic health problems in her later years, most likely attributed to an autoimmune disease, she continued to write until her death at 55 in 1888.
EAN: 9781616402440
ISBN: 161640244X
Publisher: Cosimo Classics
Dimensions: 21.59 x 14 x 2.57 centimetres (0.59 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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It's almost impossible to imagine a reader not having read this book yet, but if you haven't - please do! Louisa May Alcott writes beautifully for girls and combines her faith in God, her belief in doing right and doing better, her love and esteem for family and her imaginative sense of fun into a story about four sisters who you will absolutely feel are part of your family by the time you're partway through this novel. They make mistakes and learn as we do, and although the story is set in the nineteenth century there are many parallels with our lives today, and it is clear that some things never do change, though people try to take the simple truths and pleasures out of life. Alcott needed to write to make money for her family, and yet she is writing about the philosophies and ideals and people who were most real in her life. I always see it as a privilege to read her words and hear her voice through the pages and over the years. There is far more in this book than can be explained, and the best way to get a sense of this piece of life and history is to read it - and keep it and read it again. And you won't regret it.

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