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Louisa May Alcott was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in Boston and Concord, Massachusetts, the setting for Little Women. Jo is based on Louisa herself, and Meg, Beth, and Amy are inspired by Louisa's own three sisters.
Chronicles the joys and sorrows of the four March sisters as they grow into young ladies in nineteenth-century New England.
Alcott's standard gets bumped up to a Penguin Deluxe, complete with illustrated front and back covers, French flaps, and ragged paper. Very nice. Next time you're ordering new copies of LW, get this one.
Gr 5 Up
Louisa May Alcott's 19th-century classic is the story of the March sisters-Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth-who live with their beloved Marmee, while their father is away serving as a chaplain during the Civil War. They must make many sacrifices during this time, but they learn that happiness is not dependent on riches, and trouble doesn't last forever. Rebecca Burns's homey, perfectly modulated voice easily moves from one character to another, and her narration for the male characters is credible. The CDs include tracking every three minutes. The companion ebook features automatic start-up, keyword searching, PDF printable format, table of contents, and index. A great choice for classes studying New England family life during the Civil War period-Kathy Miller, Baldwin Junior High School, Baldwin City, KS
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Louisa May Alcott: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text
List of Abbreviations
Little Women, or Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy
Appendix A: The Composition and Publication of Little Women
1. Entries from Louisa May Alcott’s Journals about Little Women
2. A Manuscript Page of Little Women
3. Correspondence concerning Little Women
4. Nineteenth-Century comments/reviews of Little Women
Appendix B: The Sources for Little Women
1. Louisa May Alcott's Journal entries
2. Early versions of Little Women stories:
i. "The Sister’s Trial"
ii. "Merry’s Monthly Chat"
iii. "My Polish Boy"
Appendix C: The March Girls' Writings
1. "Norna; or, The Witches’ Curse"
2. "Aunt Sue's Scrap Bag" from Merry’s Museum
3. "The Masked Marriage"
4. "The Greek Slave"
5. "The Rival Painters"
Appendix D: Literary Influences
1. Bronson Alcott’s Influence
2. Louisa May Alcott's comments about books & reading
3. Jean de La Fontaine, "The Jay in Peacock’s Feathers"
4. Hans Christian Andersen, "The Steadfast Tin Soldier"
5. "The King & the Beggarmaid" tales
6. Selections from John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress
Appendix 5: Feminist Issues
1. Excerpts from the Proceedings of the Women’s Rights Convention
2. Selections from Louisa May Alcott’s journals & letters
3. "Louisa M. Alcott’s Defence of Woman Suffrage"
4. Selections from Louisa May Alcott's other writings
Works Cited & Recommended Reading
1. In the first two chapters, the girls use John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress as a model for their own journey to becoming "little women." What was Alcott trying to say by using such a strongly philosophical piece of literature as the girls' model?
2. What purpose does Beth's death serve? Was Alcott simply making a sentimental novel even more so, or was this a play on morality and philosophy? Do you think Beth was intended to be a Christ figure?
3. Consider the fact that Beth will never reach sexual maturity or marry. What do you think this says about the institution of marriage and, more important, about womanhood?
4. Consider Jo's writing: While we are treated to citations from "The Pickwick Portfolio" and the family's letters to one another, we are never presented with an excerpt from Jo's many literary works, though the text tells us they are quite successful. Why is this?
5. Do you find it surprising that once Laurie is rejected by Jo, he falls in love with Amy? Do you feel his characterization is complete and he is acting within the "norm" of the personality Alcott has created for him, or does Alcott simply dispose of him once our heroine rejects him?
6. Some critics argue that the characters are masochistic. Meg is the perfect little wife, Amy is the social gold digger, and Beth is the eternally loving and patient woman. Do you believe these characterizations are masochistic? If so, do you think Alcott could have characterized them any other way while maintaining the realism of the society she lived in? And if this is true, what of Jo's character?
7. The last two chapters find Jo setting aside her buddingliterary career to run a school with her husband. Why do you think Alcott made her strongest feminine figure sacrifice her own life plans for her husband's?
8. Alcott was a student of transcendentalism. How and where does this philosophy affect Alcott's writing, plot, and characterization?
9. Do you believe this is a feminine or a feminist piece of work?
Posted January 6, 2003
This is a wonderful classic and the format is fantastic. However it is a little known fact that Little Women was published in two separtate volumes, the first in 1868. This version is only part one of what has been traditionally recognized as Little Women since 1880. At the end of this story Beth is still alive! This is ridiculous. It is such a shame because my daughter loved reading this book but now needs to continue reading from another complete copy of Little Women. The publisher did the same thing with Heidi. In their version Clara never makes it up to Grandpa's and that should have tipped me off about Little Women.
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Posted March 17, 2012
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.
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Posted March 20, 2010
What can I say, I love it, you can't ask for anything more than to have the book and the movie at the same time, is the perfect present for your little girl that likes to read. One of the classic novels of all times. Buy it!!! You wont regret it.
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Posted March 23, 2012
Loved reading this book. Saw the movie years ago. Books are always better as you can get so caught up in the stories!
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Posted April 3, 2012
This is the best book ever! The auorther of this book should get an award for writing such a amazinly great book!
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Posted February 16, 2011
this book was so boring, that i could not help but fall asleep during it. i would reccomend it to anyone who has trouble sleeping. it was a total waste of my money.
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Posted January 13, 2012
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.
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Posted June 15, 2011
My friemd and i were going to read but the book only gave her14 dayz to read it but she has dislexea so she cryed because of that!!!
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Posted February 14, 2011
this is my favorite book of all time, one I re-read every year around Christmas time - nothing will ever be able to compare, even Pride and Prejudice (which is also one of my favorites).Little Women was originally written in two volumes: Little Women and then Good Wives; today these two books are combined, so will be my review... ((this may be a bit long of a review so bare with me - there is just soo much to cover in this book))
Loosely based off of her own life, Alcott presents a story about four women who grow both individually and together as a family during times of trouble, turbulence, and peace. Each sister has their own hopes and dreams, and each sister finds their place in the world only after discovering heartache, pain, love, and loss. Jo, who is loud, rambunctious, hard headed and impatient, finds solace through her writing. She struggles greatly to find peace within her self and accept herself as she is. Meg, the oldest remembers a time when the March family was revered and was not in financial hardships, making it hard for her to accept life as is, all the while being kind and understanding to her young sisters. Beth, the quite and timid sister, who is always kind and sees the good in everyone and everything, desires nothing more than to remain at home with her family and dolls. Amy, the youngest of the sisters, is constantly concerned with how prime and proper she should look, act, and speak, but remains true to her character.
Laurie, the boy next door, finds himself a home he never expected in the March household as he finds it hard to live up to his grandfather's expectations of him. He is seen as an older brother to all the sisters, never faulting in his devotion to them, that is until his feelings for Jo grow into something more. However, Jo is unable to see Laurie and he wishes and her desire to find her place in the world is never greater.
You really see the divide between childhood and adulthood when each of the sisters go their own way: Meg gets married, Beth remains at home, Amy travels abroad to Europe, and Jo goes to New York (Laurie is also left to his own devices, first going off to college and then working for his grandfather in Europe). It is only when tragedy hits the sisters, are they all able to come back together, as new adult women.
While this novel is filled with girls knitting, needlepoint, and darning (which were expected of women of the time), it goes much deeper than that. Alcott presents the constant struggle that many women had, and even many women of today, between their loyalties to their family as well as to theirselves, and trying to find a balance between the two. This is a wonderful novel that can teach anyone many different lessons about life and love and family.
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Posted June 11, 2005
I love to read,but this book drove me crazy!!!!! I would rate it no stars but the computer wouldn't let me!!!Personally I like books with excitment(unlike Little Women).
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Posted December 15, 2012
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted May 28, 2012
Letting out a sigh, he stepped inside the house. His aunt, most likely still on the stupid game, yelled at him,"Take of your dam shoes! You're making a racket with your footsteps you dunce!!" "My footsteps aren't even audible you 'dunce'!" He paused midstride and rolled his eyes. His aunt was nearly always wrong when it came to his outfit and the way he presented himself, but she always managed to remind him about things he should have done in the place of say "taking off his shoes", like removing his jacket and backpack. He chuckled to himself as he removed it and set it on a rack in the closet near the door. As he puts back his backpack on, he comes up to his aunt and sees headphones on her and a mirror reflecting the front door to her. He throws his hands up in exasperation,"Aunt, seriously!!? You can't even HEAR ME!!!" He shakes his head and made an effort of making huge steps to the stairs, stomping as loud as he could. He jumped up the flights of stairs to the third floor in wide strides. He walked down the hallway and hummed a lively tune. At his door, he paused and saw a note on the handle. It read "Clean your freakin rom yo brat!" He smiled as he saw the misspells. He ripped the note in quarters and stuffed it into his jean pocket. He turned the cold handle and entered into his room. It was clean, as always. What he didn't get was why his aunt thought a trashcan full of crumpled papers full of his sketches was a mess. He takes a deep breath and bups his head on the chandlier,"Oh. My gosh. I moved that stupid thing up three inches yesterday!" He yelled at the gothic light adornement. His aunt had most likely moved it down so the chain suspending it wasn't pulled up. He reached up and pushed the chandlier out of the way, only to have it crack back into his head when it swung back. He rubbed the back of his head in annoyance and a scrunched up face,"Whatever. Too much work for a day. I'm not fixing you until my brain cells fully heal." He says talking to the still swinging light. He turns around and surveys his bland room. A simple bed, a small desk, and a chair with a lamp. Why couldn't he do his drawings here, because of the camera that would be constantly watching him. He thought about his aunt. Why would she play video games when she had soooo many drawing untencils and the such? She wastes time on the pc when she could be making art. Real 'dunce' i am...he sat on his baed, rolling his eyes at the camera. It wasn't on, yet. It came on only when she was in bed, and it didn't stop rolling until she could stop it. He thought of moving to another room so she couldn't see. But when he did try, she put cams in all rooms. So no matter where he went, her stupid black, empty, and unfeeling eyeball would be following his every innocent move. She started this madness when her art went missing two years ago, when his mother died in a train wreck off of the nearest highway. His aunt was superstitious and thought her "evil sister" had been haunting the house. He lauged at the notion of ghosts and layed back in his bed. Still in his clothes, he sighed and watched the moon cascade down the horizon to the east. His eyes sparkle as he sits up and crosses his legs, watching the moon with more intensity. His vision began to blur and the flashbacks began anew. He smiled faintly as he remembered the nature walks,"Okay. Yeah step there, no no!! Now you're wet!" He remembered the laughing, they were rossing a river...the visions stopped and he slept.
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Posted May 28, 2012