Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women


Biography tracing the fascinating life of Louisa May Alcott from her happy childhood in Pennsylvania and Boston to her success as a writer of such classics as Little women.

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Biography tracing the fascinating life of Louisa May Alcott from her happy childhood in Pennsylvania and Boston to her success as a writer of such classics as Little women.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
Little Women fans should enjoy this reprint of a Newbery Medal-winning biography of Louisa May Alcott. In this graceful, well-written account of Louisa's productive, hardworking life, the author does a good job of showing us how Louisa's family and economic problems helped to influence her most famous work, Little Women, and many of her other works for children and adults. Besides presenting the facts of her life, the author weaves in many evocative descriptions of Louisa's environment and feelings, thus creating a biography that seems more interesting and appealing than a more factual, unadorned work. An index and chronology also are included. 1995 (orig.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316565943
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/1/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 286,693
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Cornelia Lynde Meigs was an American children's author and educator. Her biography of Louisa May Alcott, Invincible Louisa, won the Newbery Medal in 1934, as well as the 1963 Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. Windy Hill, Clearing Weather, and Swift Rivers also received Newbery Honor awards.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2004


    Luisa is a happy, hipper, crazy, sweet and intelligent girl that makes his life a book to read about, its so normal and special his life, how she was raise without her father, but she stills makes it, and made me realize how important is everything that you go thought so you can finally become in what you want, she had a normal childhood like me, playing with her sisters with the ball, feeling jealous about her little sister, and having a big sister the only difference is that in mi case they are bothers, she even moved house once too many times, I moved only once, but it was enough to make me feel bad, but she even make a good thing about it, one time for the day that she saw his father after a wile, she wrote a novel, and she presented it in front of the family, with her sisters, and she felt so good about it that since then she knew that she wanted to file her life and her family¿s life with stories. One thin that I really liked about Louisa is that we have many things in common, I might not be a good writher like her, but I like writing as a way to express my feelings, that does not mean that I do not express my feelings but I rather write that cry, and other thing that I liked about Louisa is that she was a very hipper and happy little girl, and that is how I used to be, playing always around with my brothers, giving problems to my mom to make me come down. I do not remember something that I did not like, as I just said, the book for me was rally good, was interesting, maybe the only thing, now that I think it more carefully, that bothered me is that I could not understand some pages because talks about the women that wrote about the little women, so sometimes refer as the little women and stuff like that, I would suggest you as a reader of this book, to have and idea of ¿Little Woman¿ so you can understand this book better, because is a good reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2003

    very dry and exhausting

    I was excited to come upon this book, as Little Women is my favorite. However, Invincible Louisa reads like a very long, exhausting encyclopedia entry. There is absolutely no action or even dialog. The entire book is written in third person. It is a chore to get through. I am very surprised that it won a Newberry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2002

    Very good

    This was a very good book. It was also kind of boring. If the author would have broken it down into more chapters it would have probably seemed less exausting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2001

    This is a somewhat interesting book

    This happy, sad and boring novel was about a girl named Louisa. Louisa has two brothers, Abba and Bronson. The whole Alcott family wanted Louisa to be a great writer, but didn't want her to leave. Louisa did anyway from Germantown, Pennsylvania to Italy. There she became a great writer but faced many troubles. Another woman who wanted to be a writer, tried plagurism with Louisa's writing. Although the troubles occurred, she came home proud but slightly sad. She longed no more to be a writer. This novel shows that if one sets their mind to something, they can do it.

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