Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women

Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women

by Harriet Reisen
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Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women by Harriet Reisen

In a fresh, modern take on the remarkable Louisa May Alcott, Harriet Reisen's vivid biography explores the author's life in the context of her works, many of which are to some extent autobiographical. Although Alcott secretly wrote pulp fiction, harbored radical abolitionist views, and served as a Civil War nurse, her novels went on to sell more copies than those of Herman Melville and Henry James. Stories and details culled from Alcott's journals, together with revealing letters to family, friends, and publishers, plus recollections of her famous contemporaries provide the basis for this lively account of the author's classic rags-to-riches tale. In Louisa May Alcott, the extraordinary woman behind the beloved American classic Little Women is revealed as never before.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429928816
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/27/2009
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 946,634
File size: 516 KB

About the Author

Harriet Reisen has written dramatic and historical scripts for PBS and HBO, including a recent PBS documentary on Louisa May Alcott. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and son.


Harriet Reisen’s interest in Louisa May Alcott dates to her marathon reading of Alcott’s eight children’s novels during a rainy spell one childhood summer. Over the past twenty years, what began as an idea for a film biography of Alcott developed into a passion for the subject herself. A former fellow in screenwriting at the American Film Institute, Reisen has written dramatic and historical documentary scripts for PBS and HBO, and radio commentary for Morning Edition and Marketplace. She lives in Massachusetts.

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Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Scholarly but interesting. I liked learning more about the real Louise May Alcott and following her life before and after Little Women.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Little Women was one of my favorite books growing up, but I knew very little about its author, other than what she chose to reveal through Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March. This is the true story of the Alcott family, starting with her parents' radical views and resulting gentile poverty, the mental illness that likely plagued her family, and her eventual success as the author of Little Women. Well worth the read if you're a Little Women fan.
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Wats up