World of Louisa May Alcott

World of Louisa May Alcott

by William Anderson
     
 

This charming illustrated book captures the life of a writer whose work is enjoying a resurgence of popularity, and reveals the reality that inspired the timeless novel.  See more details below

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This charming illustrated book captures the life of a writer whose work is enjoying a resurgence of popularity, and reveals the reality that inspired the timeless novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060951566
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/28/1995
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
8.75(w) x 11.75(h) x 0.27(d)

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A Life of Words

In addition to her many books, Louisa May Alcott left behind the legacy of her letters and journals. Writing was her compulsive trait, a habit as much as an outlet. Louisa's conversations with herself and with others in her world poured out in a steady stream of words, chronicling nearly fifty years of her life.

As early as 1850, when she was seventeen, Louisa valued the introspection and wisdom she gained from her periodic journals. "Must always try to think of the willful, moody girl I try to manage," she wrote of herself. "In my journal I write of her to see how she gets on. If I look into the glass, I try to keep down vanity about my long hair, my well-shaped head, and my good nose. My quick tongue is always getting me into trouble, and my moodiness makes it hard to be cheerful, when I think...how much worry it is to live and how many things I long to do....

"I can't talk to anyone but Mother about my troubles," Louisa wrote of her youthful internal struggles. The bond between Louisa and her mother, Abba May Alcott, was a strong one. Equally important was the influence of her philosopher father, Amos Bronson Alcott. He delighted in her journal writing and offered his own solutions to the dilemmas she sometimes discussed on paper.

Together, Abba and Bronson created an extraordinary atmosphere in which to nurture their daughter.

World of Louisa May Alcott. Copyright � by William Anderson. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

William Anderson is an award-winning historian and author whose interest in the “Little House” books began in elementary school. Much of his research for this book was conducted on-site at the locales of the Ingalls and Wilder homes. He has been active in the preservation and operation of the Wilder sites in De Smet, South Dakota, and Mansfield, Missouri, and edits the newsletter, Laura Ingalls Wilder Lore.

Among Mr. Anderson’s other writings about the people and places of the “Little House” books are LAURA INGALLS WILDER COUNTRY, A LITTLE HOUSE SAMPLER, PRAIRIE GIRL, and LAURA’S ALBUM.

William Anderson currently lives and teaches in Michigan. You can visit him online at www.williamandersonbooks.com.

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