Little Women (THE GREAT CLASSICS LIBRARY)

Little Women (THE GREAT CLASSICS LIBRARY)

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by Louisa May Alcott
     
 

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Little Women was written and set in the Alcott family home, Orchard House, in Concord, Massachusetts. It was published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. Loosely based on the author's childhood experiences with her three sisters, it follows the lives of four sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March. It was an immediate commercial and critical success, prompting the

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Little Women was written and set in the Alcott family home, Orchard House, in Concord, Massachusetts. It was published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. Loosely based on the author's childhood experiences with her three sisters, it follows the lives of four sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March. It was an immediate commercial and critical success, prompting the composition of the book's second volume, entitled Good Wives, which was also successful. Both books were first published as a single volume entitled Little Women in 1880. Alcott followed Little Women with two sequels, also featuring the March sisters: Little Men (1871) and Jo's Boys (1886). Little Women was a fiction novel for girls that veered from the normal writings for children, especially girls, at the time. Little Women has three major themes:” domesticity, work, and true love. All of them are interdependent and each is necessary to the achievement of a heroine’s individual identity.”
Little Women itself “has been read as a romance or as a quest, or both. It has been read as a family drama that validates virtue over wealth.” Little Women has been read “as a means of escaping that life by women who knew its gender constraints only too well.” Alcott “combines many conventions of the sentimental novel with crucial ingredients of Romantic children’s fiction, creating a new form of which Little Women is a unique model.” Elbert argued that within Little Women can be found the first vision of the “American Girl” and that her multiple aspects are embodied in the differing March sisters.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940015761139
Publisher:
Revenant
Publication date:
12/12/2012
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Louisa May Alcott (1832 – 1888) was an American novelist best known as author of the novel Little Women and its sequels Little Men and Jo's Boys. Raised by her transcendentalist parents, Abigail May Alcott and Amos Bronson Alcott in New England, she grew up among many of the well-known intellectuals of the day such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau. Nevertheless, her family suffered severe financial difficulties and Alcott worked to help support the family from an early age. She began to receive critical success for her writing in the 1860s. Early in her career, she sometimes used the pen name A. M. Barnard.

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Little Women 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 353 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good, classic novel. Never had to read it in school so decided to read it as an adult. Was pleasantly surprised. A little slow at some points but glad I read it since it is considered a classic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved reading this book. Saw the movie years ago. Books are always better as you can get so caught up in the stories!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please don't get it on the nook. It takes a really long time to load and turn pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very touching and how they showed kindness to each other. And yes it is a very long book but I think it is worth reading it. In my opinion this is a must read book during middle school to high school. But I as an adult think you shiuld read this bokk again when you are an adult because you might find some thing you never noticed when you are reading it. This book is a real historical fiction book af it shows love for each other and I am not ashamed to tell you tis but I cried at some parts of this story because it was soooooooo touching. Parents/gardian you have to tell your kids to read this book because it changed my life when I was 12 years old. And this was the first time I read this book and I am really happy that I read this book. I hope you are goin to read this book and HAPPY READING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever! The auorther of this book should get an award for writing such a amazinly great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautiful piece of literiture
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book and I think anyone who likes reading would enjoy it. Although it is taking me a while to read. It keeps on getting stuck when I try to read it and I can't find the page I'm onand that is really annoying but other then that i think this is a very good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So romantic wonderfullly written
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must have read this book 1000 times yet i love to turn the pages and read it agian & again
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being poor doesn¿t make one any less; In ¿Little Women,¿ by Louisa May Alcott, a family rises above poverty to find joy in the riches of everyday life. The book is about a family that deals with the everyday struggles of money. They lack the social status that they once had when their father owned a school. Now these four girls and their mother try to look past all the hardships in their lives and find the happiness left within. The family consists of four girls and an supportive mother who are determined to make the best of each of their lives given the circumstances she has been dealt. Their father is away working as a Chaplain during the Civil War, so the mother is left empty-handed to support the four children. This story is based on following dreams, whether it be falling in love or discovering happiness in some other sort of passion. The primary conflict of the novel is the March family¿s struggles with money in an area where their neighbors seem to be more well-off. The girls find themselves trying to rise above the talk that goes on about them by focusing more on their inner beauty. They are teenage girls, and they are trying to overlook hardships that seem impossible, and each girl will learn that money does not buy everything. Amy says, ¿I don¿t think that it is fair for some girls to have plenty of pretty things and other girls nothing at all¿, showing their state but she is too young to know that happiness comes from the heart. Beth corrects her childish theory by stating, ¿We¿ve got a father and a mother and each other¿ to display that the prettiest thing is love, which they each hold for one another.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my favorite book as a young girl. Now that I have daughters I read it again to see if I still loved it in light of some of the current literature my 5th grader is reading. I still love it and can't wait for my daughter to read it.
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I caught two rabbits and a sparrow
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&infin
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This book is a must read. Ages 10 and up shoukd look into this book. This is a spoil-free page, and guys, no one dies. So, just read this GREAT American classic. p.s. don't let 643 pages scare you. It is soooooo worth it. : { )
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This was the book I would begin to read each summer on the last day of school. I would run home and if the weather was good, climb into an apple tree in our orchard and begin the wonderful process of immersing myself in the life of the March family. My heart softens just thinking about those times, and I am 65 years old now. I would wake up in the morning with the sun streaming through my east bedroom windows and open the book and begin reading to wake me up. I remember the sounds of the Bob-Whites calling and the heat of summer. I will begin reading this book to my granddaughter this Christmas. Although this heart warming book was my favorite, sometimes I would shake it up and read "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" by Mark Twain first and Little Women second. We had that book in our farmhouse bookshelf in the old "classics" black binding with gold printing. I don't remember if Little Women was found on those bookshelves, but I still have my copy with my name in it inscribed with a childhood cursive.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found out who died too. Im so angry at that guy/girl!!!!!!!!! Actually, im angry that they told you, I didnt read that review; i watched the movie. SPOILED!>:(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has a real lot of typos in it. My nook took a long time in turning the pages as well. It has a very good story line though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I very much so enjoyed this book. Besides the few spelling and punctuation and grammer errors it was a great story. Highly reccomended