Little Women by Louisa M Alcott

Little Women

Written by Louisa M Alcott

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Chosen by Jacqueline Wilson. Little Women is a heart-warming tale about the endearing March sisters and if you love a good story then look no further. Times are hard for the March sisters - their father's away at war and the family is short of money - but these girls don't dwell on such matters and always look on the bright side - but what fate holds in store for the girls, only time will tell.

What Jacqueline Wilson says of one of her all-time favourite books:

'I read this wonderful story of four 19th century American sisters over and over again, particularly identifying with Jo, the tomboy sister who is desperate to be a writer.'

Little Women in a nutshell:

Four sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth & Amy – at home with mother. Father away at war. Short of money but always look on the bright side. Amy likes boy next door but he loves Jo, although eventually marries Amy. Beth gets scarlet fever – they think
she’s better but in the end she dies. Boo Hoo!

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy cheerfully confront poverty and other problems in this warmest and most popular of family stories.


Little Women by Louisa M Alcott

Oxford Children’s Books has produced some absolutely delightful new editions of some enduring and unforgettable classics, including Hound of the Baskervilles, Little Women, The Jungle Book, Anne of Green Gables, Treasure Island and Ballet Shoes. The texts are complete and unabridged and each of them is beautifully designed in a small format hardback edition. They’re books to treasure and return to again and again.


John Walsh, author and Independent columnist: "Inexplicably evergreen, trend and taste-defying 1868 classic."

About the Author

Louisa M Alcott
Louisa May Alcott, daughter of Amos Bronson Alcott, one of Emerson's circle of friends, was born in Philadelphia in 1832. Educated mainly by H. D. Thoreau and her father, Miss Alcott served as a hospital nurse during the Civil War. Her first book, Flower Fables, appeared in 1854, and her next work, Hospital Sketches (1863), consisted of her letters home from the Union Hospital during the war. She first gained a wide reputation with Little Women (1868-69), and her best subsequent work was done in the same field. Her chief publications after Little Women are the following: An Old-Fashioned Girl (1870), Little Men (1871), Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag (1871-79), Work (1873), Silver Pitchers (1876), Rose in Bloom (1876), Jo's Boys (1886), and A Garland for Girls (1887). Good Wives is the second part of Little Women. Miss Alcott died in 1888.

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Oxford University Press

Publication date

2nd August 2007




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