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Little Women (Puffin Classics) [Paperback]

By Louisa May Alcott (Author)
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The March girls, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, are growing up in New England during the Civil War. Times are difficult, but the bond between the four sisters is strong and their courage and love help them overcome adversity.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Puffin
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10" Width: 8" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 2001
Publisher   Puffin
ISBN  0141312025  
ISBN13  9780141312026  
UPC  051488005995  

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More About Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott Louisa May Alcott was born on November 29, 1832, in Germantown, Pennsylvania. Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson were family friends. Alcott wrote under various pseudonyms and only started using her own name when she was ready to commit to writing. Her novel "Little Women" gave Louisa May Alcott financial independence and a lifetime writing career. She died in 1888.

Early Life

Famed novelist Louisa May Alcott was born on November 29, 1832, in Germantown, Pennsylvania. Alcott was a best-selling novelist of the late 1800s, and many of her works, most notably Little Women, remain popular today.

Alcott was taught by her father, Amos Bronson Alcott, until 1848, and studied informally with family friends such as Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Theodore Parker. Residing in Boston and Concord, Massachusetts, Alcott worked as a domestic servant and teacher, among other positions, to help support her family from 1850 to 1862. During the Civil War, she went to Washington, D.C. to work as a nurse.

Acclaimed Author

Unknown to most people, Louisa May Alcott had been publishing poems, short stories, thrillers, and juvenile tales since 1851, under the pen name Flora Fairfield. In 1862, she also adopted the pen name A.M. Barnard, and some of her melodramas were produced on Boston stages. But it was her account of her Civil War experiences, Hospital Sketches (1863), that confirmed Alcott's desire to be a serious writer. She began to publish stories under her real name in Atlantic Monthly and Lady's Companion, and took a brief trip to Europe in 1865 before becoming editor of a girls' magazine, Merry's Museum.

The great success of Little Women (1869–70) gave Alcott financial independence and created a demand for more books. Over the final years of her life, she turned out a steady stream of novels and short stories, mostly for young people and drawn directly from her family life. Her other books include Little Men (1871), Eight Cousins (1875) and Jo's Boys (1886). Alcott also tried her hand at adult novels, such as Work (1873) and A Modern Mephistopheles (1877), but these tales were not as popular as her other writings.

Louisa May Alcott lived in Germantown. Louisa May Alcott was born in 1832 and died in 1888.

Louisa May Alcott has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Aladdin Classics
  2. Annotated Books
  3. Bantam Classics
  4. Barnes & Noble Classics
  5. Classic Starts
  6. Classics for Young Readers
  7. Collins Classics
  8. Dover Children's Thrift Classics
  9. Dover Evergreen Classics
  10. Dover Thrift Editions
  11. Enriched Classics (Simon & Schuster)
  12. Everyman's Library Children's Classics
  13. Library of America
  14. Modern Library Classics (Paperback)
  15. Novel Journal
  16. Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)
  17. Paper Dolls
  18. Penguin Classics
  19. Penguin Threads
  20. Puffin Classics
  21. Puffin in Bloom
  22. Signet Classics
  23. Stepping Stone Book Classics
  24. Sterling Classics
  25. Viking Portable Library
  26. Vintage Classics

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Sort of a girls' Tom Sawyer  Jun 28, 2004
I read Little Women along with other childhood staples like The Bobbsy Twins, Beverly Gray, Nancy Drew, and Laura Engles Wilder's Little House series when I was in third grade and loved them. Lately I've come across an entire selection of classic literature in the Barnes-Nobel Collectors Library among which Little Women was offered. It was so easily carried in a pocket, I decided to buy it. I was not disappointed. Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy are as delightful as ever. Although I enjoyed re-reading the book in this format, I found that there were many typos and many misused words, so for student/young person's use, I'd purchase a more carefully edited book like the one above. Also, for those of you who, as I, are also familiar with the story through the many film versions, make certain that the book you purchase includes the later story of the girls as they grow to adulthood and marry. The small collector's library edition did not include it, and I was rather disappointed.

The story contains a fair number of moral lessons dealt with in a typical, heavy handed 19th Century manner, but some of the points are not out of place even today. To those of you who might have difficulty over the frequent Christian references or with the role of women in society, I suggest that you sit down with your child and explain your family's position on the subject of religion and point out that the references are part of the history and culture of the time-it's Civil War period, 19th Century-and that people of that period would not have found the ideas unusual or unacceptable.

As many may know already, Louisa May Alcott was the second of four daughters of the controversial educator and transcendentalist, Amos Bronson Alcott, who believed that children should be actively involved with their learning and who founded several schools which failed to survive. She spent her younger years in Concord where the family was friends with various writers, including Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. As an adult she joined Clara Barton as a nurse during the Civil War, a career cut short by typhoid contacted in the field and from the treatment of which (mercury poisoning) she never fully recovered. Her best known works are of the March family and their domestic adventures, all loosely based upon experiences in her own family. Her book Little Women is sort of a girls' Tom Sawyer.

A great, enjoyable book  Mar 11, 2004
I love this book and can tell others did too. It was very enjoyable and it makes me want to become closer to my own sister and share the love they had.
Read and learn about earlier times while you fall in love  Mar 4, 2004
I loved this book for many reasons. I fell in love with the girls lives. I wanted to know more about them after I was done reading. I thought it was mean of the author to leave me somewhat hanging. I thought for sure I would have all my questions answered by the time I reached the end of the book. Instead it brought up more questions for me and it made me want to go out and buy the next books. I haven't purchased the follow up books yet. I plan to in the future. I always love reading about earlier times and different ways of living. It's so enlightening. I wish I would have read this book when I was younger. I can't wait to see the movie.
This sets astanderd for american lit.  Nov 7, 2001
I have read this book so many times, my copy is in four parts. This is a great book that anyone, and everyone should read. It is so endearing and loveable. You laugh, cry, and by the time the book is over your in love with the characters. Then you cry again because it's over. But not to fear! Then you can read Little Men, and Jo's Boys - though they're not quite as good. I really can't express how much i love this book - it is my absolute favorite, and that's saying a lot!

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