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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.
With new, inspiring foreword from bestselling author Caitlin Moran, this Scholastic Classic edition of Louisa May Alcott's most popular and enduring book is beautifully packaged for children today. 'I want to do something splendid... something heroic or wonderful that won't be forgotten after I'm dead. I don't know what,but I'm on the watch for it and mean to astonish you all someday.' Curl up with this timeless classic, and your new best friends - Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, the four March sisters whose lives will bring tears to your eyes and warmth to your heart, and whose stories will stay with you forever.
The four sisters, each with a striking and strong character, between them represent any girls growing up at any time. Meg, the eldest, is sixteen and very pretty; fifteen year old Jo is a tomboy who loves reading; delicate, thirteen year old Beth plays the piano beautifully while twelve year old Amy, is pretty but a little bit selfish and indulged. How their sisters fill their time with creative activities and good work and how they all fall in love in their different ways with the boy next door is full of period charm as well as being totally topical and applicable for modern readers. Each book in the Wordsworth Collector’s Editions series will make an attractive addition to any home or school library. Featuring stylish cover illustrations that are at once classic and contemporary, gleaming gold foil, and an elegant compact hardback format, they make glorious gifts for readers young and old.
The four sisters, each with a striking and strong character, between them represent any girls growing up at any time. Meg, the eldest, is sixteen and very pretty; fifteen year old Jo is a tomboy who loves reading; delicate, thirteen year old Beth plays the piano beautifully while twelve year old Amy, is pretty but a little bit selfish and indulged. How their sisters fill their time with creative activities and good work and how they all fall in love in their different ways with the boy next door is full of period charm as well as being totally topical and applicable for modern readers. ~ Julia Eccleshare This is a lovely gift edition of this much-loved classic, perfect to mark a special occasion. With illustrations throughout, the text is complete and unabridged and includes a biography of the author with links to find out more online.
The four sisters, each with a striking and strong character, between them represent any girls growing up at any time. Meg, the eldest, is sixteen and very pretty; fifteen year old Jo is a tomboy who loves reading; delicate, thirteen year old Beth plays the piano beautifully while twelve year old Amy, is pretty but a little bit selfish and indulged. How their sisters fill their time with creative activities and good work and how they all fall in love in their different ways with the boy next door is full of period charm as well as being totally topical and applicable for modern readers.
Laugh and cry with the March family. Meg, the sweet-tempered one, Jo, the smart one, Beth, the shy one and Amy, the sassy one. Despite their lack of money they have a great deal of fun, have sisterly squabbles, have happy times and sad times and join them as they grow up and follow four very different paths and discover that growing up is sometimes very hard to do. With an Introduction by bestselling novelist Louise Rennison (well her erstwhile heroine in fact – Georgia Nicolson), who urges you to enter into the spirit of a different time and a different place for teenagers. Growing up is tough now but it was possibly even tougher during the American Civil War. In this terrific pocket size Puffin Classics edition there’s lots of additional material at the end of the book including an author profile, a guide to who’s who in Little Women plus many related activities to do beyond the book. An unabridged audio is also available of this title from Puffin. 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.'
This is the audio CD version of the classic story by Louisa Mary Alcott. 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.
A timeless classic comes alive with Francesca Rossi's gorgeous illustrations, now in a smaller format.What is the secret that lies behind the great, long-lasting success of a novel set in the United States during the Civil War and written way back in 1868 by Louisa May Alcott? It is probably the fresh, realistic ,and lively personality of the protagonists of the story, the four March sisters (Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy) whom readers cannot help identifying with who while growing up face the challenges and difficulties of life. The story of these four sisters, who are so different from one another and so realistic, with typical youthful shortcomings and dreams, is presented in this book in an original and modern way, thanks to the wonderful drawings by Francesca Rossi, an artist who knows how to render the full sense of the books she illustrates.
Three years have passed since the events narrated in Little Women, and the four March sisters are approaching adulthood, with all its accompanying challenges and expectations. Meg is preparing for her wedding, Beth continues to struggle with her health, Jo is more than ever devoting herself to literature and Amy is about to go on a tour of Europe with her aunt. Their experiences, hopes and ambitions are set in counterpoint to each other, until the whole family is brought together by tragedy and misfortune. Following on the immediate commercial success of Little Women, Good Wives completes the story of the March sisters and their friend Laurie, and is, together with its prequel, Louisa May Alcott's crowning achievement and one of the most popular young-adult tales ever written.
Little Women is one of the best-loved children's stories of all time, based on the author's own youthful experiences. It describes the family life of the four March sisters living in a small New England community. Meg, the eldest, is pretty and wishes to be a lady; Jo, at fifteen, is ungainly and unconventional with an ambition to be an author; Beth is a delicate child of thirteen with a taste for music and Amy is a blonde beauty of twelve. The story of their domestic adventures, their attempts to increase the family income, their friendship with the neighbouring Lawrence family and their later love affairs remains as fresh and beguiling as ever. This edition also includes the sequel, Good Wives, which takes up the story of the March sisters some three years later when, as young adults, they must face up to the inevitable trials and traumas of everyday life in their search for individual happiness.
The discovery in recent years of Louisa May Alcott's pseudonymous sensation stories has made readers and scholars increasingly aware of her accomplishments beyond her most famous novel, Little Women, one of the great international best-sellers of all time. What has been recovered throws new light on the children's books and asks us to question our assumptions about the suposedly staid and sentimental Alcott. Alternative Alcott includes works never before reprinted, including How I Went Out to Service, My Contraband, and Psyche's Art. It also contains Behind a Mask, her most important sensation story; the full and correct text of her last unfinished novel, Diana and Persis; Transcendental Wild Oats ; Hospital Sketches; and Alcott's other important texts on nineteenth-century social history. This anthology brings together for the first time a variety of Louisa May Alcott's journalistic, satiric, feminist, and sensation texts. Elaine Showalter has provided an excellent introduction and notes to the collection.
A trove of words and pictures, which offers new insights into a celebrated American family.In 1870, Louisa May Alcott and her younger sister Abby May Alcott began a fourteen-month tour of Europe. Louisa had already made her mark as a writer; May was on the verge of a respected art career. Little Women Abroad gathers a generous selection of May's drawings along with all of the known letters written by the two Alcott sisters during their trip. More than thirty drawings are included, nearly all of them previously unpublished. Of the seventy-one letters collected here, more than three-quarters appear in their entirety for the first time. Daniel Shealy's supporting materials add detail and context to the people, places, and events referenced in the letters and illustrations.By the time of the Alcott sisters' sojourn, Louisa's Little Women was already an international success, and her most recent work, An Old-Fashioned Girl , was selling briskly. Louisa was now a grand literary lioness on tour. She would compose Little Men while in Europe, and her European letters would form the basis of her travel book Shawl Straps . If Louisa's letters reveal a writer's eye, then May's demonstrate an eye for color, detail, and composition. Although May had prior art training in Boston, she came into her own only during her studies with European masters. When at a loss for words, she took her drawing pen in hand.These letters of two important American artists, one literary, the other visual, tell a vibrant story at the crossroads of European and American history and culture.
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