The Louisa May Alcott Encyclopedia

The Louisa May Alcott Encyclopedia

ISBN-10:
0313308969
ISBN-13:
9780313308963
Pub. Date:
02/28/2001
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

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Overview

The Louisa May Alcott Encyclopedia

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) is arguably the most widely read 19th-century author in America. Even through the 1990s, her books continued to appear on bestseller lists and her works were made into films. She has long been a staple of children's literature courses and now also receives significant attention in American studies and women's studies classes. While her tremendous popularity has yielded numerous biographies and a growing number of critical works, very few reference books have been devoted to Alcott studies and none are particularly current or complete. This book collects in a comprehensive and reliable single volume the most important facts about Alcott's life and works.

This reference surveys the basic biographical details about Alcott's family and personal life. It supplies essential information on her historical and cultural contexts, including her place in the 19th century publishing milieu, various reform movements, and major historical events, such as the Civil War. It also treats her writings, both the adult and children's works, in an accurate, informative, and accessible manner. The volume includes more than 600 alphabetically arranged entries. Each entry discusses the topic's relevance to Alcott's life and current scholarship about her. Many of the entries close with brief bibliographies, and the book concludes with a list of works for further reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313308963
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/28/2001
Pages: 440
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.13(d)
Lexile: 1390L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Madeleine B. Stern

Introduction

The Louisa May Alcott Encyclopedia

Selected Bibliography: Louisa May Alcott's Writings

Selected Bibliography: Critical Writings on Louisa May Alcott

Index

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