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Eight Cousins: Or the Aunt Hill (Puffin Classics) Paperback – 26 Sep 1996


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Classics; New Ed edition (26 Sept. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140374566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140374568
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 677,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Louisa May Alcott was born in 1832 in Germantown, Pennsylvania, but grew up in Concord, Massachusetts. Educated by her father, the Transcendentalist thinker Bronson Alcott, she was influenced by the prominent men of his circle. Emerson, Hawthorne, Parker and Thoreau. The family was usually short of money, and she worked at various tasks from sewing to writing to help to support it. The Civil War broke out in 1861, and in 1862 she began to work as a volunteer army nurse in a Union Hospital. Out of this came her first book, Hospital Sketches (1863); she went on to write several Gothic romances and thrillers. With the publication of Little Women, her first full-length novel for girls, Alcott leapt from being an obscure, struggling New England writer to becoming the best-selling American author of the century. However, she suffered from ill health aggravated by early deprivation and overwork. Alcott died in Boston in 1888.

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Louisa May Alcott (1832–88) was brought up in Pennsylvania, USA. She turned to writing in order to supplement the family income and had many short stories published in magazines and newspapers. Then, in 1862, during the height of the American Civil War, Louisa went to Georgetown to work as a nurse, but she contracted typhoid. Out of her experiences she wrote Hospital Sketches (1864) which won wide acclaim, followed by an adult novel, Moods.

She was reluctant to write a children's book but then realized that in herself and her three sisters she had the perfect models. The result was Little Women (1868) which became the earliest American children's novel to become a classic


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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 July 1998
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Rose Campbell is orphaned at age 13. She is left to her Uncle Alec, a kind man who is ahead of his time in thinking. She meets her seven cousins, all of whom are boys, and immediately becomes their queen. She has I beleive six aunts, each with its own individual character. When she arrives at "Aunt Hill" as the place is called due to all the aunts, she is a very pale, thin, and unhappy thing. Her uncle, Dr. Alec, tries an experiment for one year to get her healthy and happy. Some of the things he does would be shocking to that day and age, such as encouraging a girl, almost fourteen, to run, shout, and be strong! The very idea scandalous! The little chamber maid, Phebe, who herself is only a few years older than Rose, helps her to learn to be good, strong, and be merry in the face of unhappiness. The book is full of old morals which I enjoyed immensely. The old grammar and beleifs will surprise and amuse you. I recommend this book to people who like history, love a good novel rather than that sensation trash, or would just like to fall in love with the characters.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Cooper on 6 May 2006
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Eight cousins is another job well done from Louisa May Alcott. Anyone who enjoyed the Little Women series should read this book, and it's sequel, Rose in Bloom.

Like Little Women, this book is full of the old morals that should never die, and yet has a light-heartedness that will make the young, and the young at heart, read it again and again!
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A good copy and looked brand new. Very pleased. My daughter asked for this as she had the sequel and couldn't read it until she had
this first one. It may be old fashioned now but still very enjoyable she said.
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By Barb on 30 Aug. 2014
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It was a lovely christmas present for my granddaughter, she loved it. Great service
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