Little Women

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Little Women  
Little Women.djvu
Author Louisa May Alcott
Language English
Genre(s) Children's novel
Publisher Roberts Brothers
Release date 1868 (1st volume)
1869 (2nd volume)
Media type Print
Prequel to Little Men

Little Women, or Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy is a book by Louisa May Alcott. Alcott drew on her own childhood experiences with her three sisters when writing the book. They lived in Concord, Massachusetts at Orchard House.

The book was originally published in two parts. Part one was called "Little Women". It was published in 1868. Part two was called "Good Wives". Part two followed the girls as they grew up and married. It was published in 1869. Both parts were very successful.

They were first published as one volume in 1880. The novel was followed by two sequels: Little Men and Jo's Boys. The novel has been adapted to movies several times. Katherine Hepburn and June Allyson have both played Jo in the movies.

Story[change | change source]

The story is about the fictional March sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. They call their mother Marmee. The story is set during the American Civil War. Their father is serving as a chaplain in the Union Army. Each sister has a flaw. Amy is selfish, Beth is shy, Meg is vain, and Jo is outspoken and tomboy-ish. Their best friend is Laurie, the boy next door.

References[change | change source]

  • Elbert, Sarah. A Hunger for Home: Louisa May Alcott’s Place in American Culture Rutgers University Press: New Brunswick, 1987: 193–200. ISBN 0-8135-1199-2

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