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  • Paperback: 586 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (5 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478373857
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478373858
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.4 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,159 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By corrinne on 20 Mar. 2011
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I read these books as a child and still enjoyed them as an adult. A lot of spelling errors that I never noticed in the books so as to whether this was an error when turning it into a kindle book I don't know but it does not detract from a well loved classic.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M.L.B. on 4 Oct. 2011
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Had only ever just read Little women so was keen to read the whole series of this family saga. Read all four books in a few days. Loved it. Bargain price. Worth more.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elkell on 7 Dec. 2011
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this took me back to my childhood and i really enjoyed reading it all, i didnt have little men or jo's boys so it was really nice to follow on
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aletheuon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 July 2014
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Originally published in the US two parts in 1868 and 1869, 'Little Women'(and its sequels) follows the lives of four sisters--Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March. It is a fictionalised version of the lives of Louisa Alcott and her three sisters. The author had a hard struggle in life, for her father was an impractical idealist who could not support his family and she had to work from early on in her life. She was an abolitionist and feminist who never married, although she had a romance with a Polish man who is thought to have been the model for Laurie, the boy next door.
In certain ways, the book was innovative and even revolutionary in its time, intertwining the themes of domesticity, love and work and showing that all of them are necessary for a girl to find her true identity. Women then led very restricted lives. It has been said that Louisa May Alcott created the idea of the 'all-American girl'. The title refers to the fact that these March sisters were no longer children and not yet fully women; they were 'little women.'
There is a beautiful and wholesome morality in these stories, where virtue is more important than wealth and creativity more important than success, yet both reasonable wealth and success are shown as desirable for a secure and contented life. It is about God and goodness and self-sacrifice - all pretty un-PC today. Obviously, it is a period piece - it was published in the nineteenth century - but much of its charm is the period setting. It is sentimental. Americans are not afraid of sentimentality; it is we Brits we are too cynical and world-weary to enjoy it. There may be an element of wishful thinking in it, but its central characters are certainly not without flaws and they have to learn to cope in a world which is difficult for a woman to negotiate.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. Shevlin on 20 May 2012
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These are superb books but let down by some poor transcription - especially of long dashes being turned into hyphens, which creates some really weird effects and is very hard to read.
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I am re-reading these books from my childhood. It's a very
different experience reading them as a cynical old adult, but
I am still enjoying them.
They are very much 'of their time', ie. nineteenth century, USA,
being somewhat based on the Author's life. They are also a bit
preachy and goody-goody, but give an interesting insight into
the lives, views and expectations of middle class Americans at that
time.
Btw, the only 'spelling mistakes' I've noticed have actually been
American spellings - It is an American book after all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mosartnme on 13 Mar. 2012
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I was enchanted when I read these books as a youngster. Re-reading them again was wonderfully refreshing. A magnificent authoress.
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These books were such a treat. I read them as a girl and loved them then. Reading them again was such fun even though I was struck by how sentimental and pious the author can be at times. She was very much a Victorian woman but also one who believed in the importance of women and the need for men to be brought up respecting them.

The stories engaged me and I cared about what happened to the characters.

Skip the long descriptions and enjoy!
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