Little Women follows the four March sisters on their pathway to adulthood: independent Jo; loving Beth; kind Meg; and beautiful Amy, the baby of the family? The charming story of these four "little women" and their wise and patient mother enduring hardships and enjoying adventures in Civil War New England was an instant success when first published and has been a classic favorite in homes ever since.
A beautiful Penguin Threads edition of Alcott's beloved novel, with an introduction by Jane Smiley
Little Women is recognized as one of the best-loved classic children's stories, transcending the boundaries of time and age, making it as popular with adults as it is with young readers. The beloved story of the March girls is a classic American feminist novel, reflecting the tension between cultural obligation and artistic and personal freedom. But which of the four March sisters to love best? For every reader must have their favorite. Independent, tomboyish Jo; delicate, loving Beth; pretty, kind Meg; or precocious and beautiful Amy, the baby of the family? The charming story of these four "little women" and their wise and patient mother Marmee enduring hardships and enjoying adventures in Civil War New England was an instant success when first published in 1868 and has been adored for generations.
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Louisa May Alcott was born in Pennsylvania, in 1832, the second of four daughters. After a period of serving as an army nurse, she published Hospital Sketches in 1863, followed by Gothic Romances and lurid thrillers. In 1868-9, she published Little Women, which proved so popular that it was followed by two sequels and several other novels. She died in 1888.
Jane Smiley is the author of numerous novels, including A Thousand Acres, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, as well as five works of nonfiction and a series of books for young adults. In 2001 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and in 2006 she received the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature. She lives in Northern California.
It is an essential American novel, perhaps the essential American novel for girls . . . Girls come to it on their own." Jane Smiley, from the Introduction
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