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Little Women (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 2 Apr 1998

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; New edition edition (2 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192832956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192834348
  • ASIN: 0192834347
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2.8 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (358 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 716,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Anne Hiebert Alton's edition for Broadview is unique in supplementing the text with Alcott's sources for and correspondence about the novel, with those of Alcott's works that she attributes to Jo and her sisters, selections from the text that she alludes to most frequently, such as Pilgrim's Progress, and excerpts that demonstrate Alcott's feminism. A number of these selections are not readily accessible elsewhere, and some will prove unfamiliar even to Alcott scholars. Alton and Broadview are to be commended for bringing them together in a single volume."--Elizabeth Keyser

"Broadview Press's Little Women provides a definitive text along with the most comprehensive historical overview yet offered. Alton not only gives us a text based on the first edition, she also presents the genesis and development of Alcott's most famous novel using the author's own public and private writings. For the first time in one edition, we now have the complete story of the March family! It is a wonderful scholarly achievement that has long been overdue."--Daniel Shealy

"Broadview Press's Little Women provides a definitive text along with the most comprehensive historical overview yet offered. Alton not only gives us a text based on the first edition, she also presents the genesis and development of Alcott's most famous novel using the author's own public and private writings. For the first time in one edition, we now have the complete story of the March family! It is a wonderful scholarly achievement that has long been overdue." -- Daniel Shealy, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

"Anne Hiebert Alton's edition for Broadview is unique in supplementing the text with Alcott's sources for and correspondence about the novel, with those of Alcott's works that she attributes to Jo and her sisters, selections from the text that she alludes to most frequently, such as Pilgrim's Progress, and excerpts that demonstrate Alcott's feminism. A number of these selections are not readily accessible elsewhere, and some will prove unfamiliar even to Alcott scholars. Alton and Broadview are to be commended for bringing them together in a single volume." -- Elizabeth Keyser, Hollins University --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The Broadview Editions series is an effort to represent the ever-changing canon of literature in English by bringing together texts long regarded as classics with valuable, lesser-known literature. Newly type-set and produced on high-quality paper in trade paperback format, the Broadview Editions series is a delight to handle as well as to read.

Each volume includes a full introduction, chronology, bibliography, and explanatory notes along with a variety of documents from the period, giving readers a rich sense of the world from which the work emerged. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
Little Women by Louisa May Allcott
Little Women is a brilliant story set in America in the 1800s. Mr March has gone to war, leaving his penniless family at home: his wife, a caring and benovelent women who knows her daughters inside out, Meg, the eldest daughter who is mature and sensible of their situation, Jo, the daughter who longs to be a boy but trys her best to get along with everyone, Beth, quiet but beautiful and who makes the tiniest thing seem like a great excitement and Amy, the youngest, naughty but loveable.
This book takes us through the joy and sadness of a poor family and you are drawn in from the first page. It is very inspiring as well as emotional and it is a lovely story.
I think it is suitable for ages 8+ and it is a brilliant read for both children and adults, especially if you like books set in olden times. An essential book for every collection. I give it 5/5.
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Aug. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Having not read Little Women in many decades, I was drawn back to the book by my love of visiting the Alcott family home, Orchard House, in Concord, Massachusetts. I plan to re-visit that wonderful home and want to refresh my recollections of Little Women before doing so. By the way, if you have a chance to visit Orchard House, I strongly recommend that you do. Your sense of Little Women will expand.

As I re-read these delightful pages, I found myself comparing Little Women to Pride and Prejudice, that outstanding work that captures human psychology so well. The comparison made me see new depths in Little Women that convince me that Little Women is by far the stronger work.

But my biggest reaction was how modern the views in the book are. Women should have education, access to opportunities to develop their interests and marriage to men who will complement them. People should be concerned about each other and help one another, lest any person's life be harmed or feelings hurt in the process.

I also noticed how complete a community of loving women can be within the same family.

The writing style is beautifully spare. The key point of a chapter may turn on two or three words. And then, everything changes in the twinkling of an eye.

Being a long book, Ms. Alcott has plenty of chances to develop her characters and she does so beautifully . . . allowing Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy and Laurie to grow and change as they age.

I also came to appreciate more the scope of the book, taking the young women from teenage years through the first few years of marriage. It's a time period that few books consider. Usually, it's all over when the marriage happens. I like this approach better.

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Format: Leather Bound
This book is leather bound; the pages' edges on both three sides are pink which makes this book even more beautiful! The font size is readable. Differently from the other volumes this one is lighter and so, easy to take with you anywhere, as it is not heavy to keep it in your bag. But for me it is a book to keep safe at home, as the binding is too precious! The book is slightly smaller than other Barnes and Noble volumes (2 cm lower and 1 cm less in width).

A must have!!!!!
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Beautiful bindings for one of the most beautiful classic tales by Louisa may Alcott. Will look fantastic on my bookcase. Great quality reas
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By VB on 2 Sept. 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
How wonderful to find this beautiful book. Downloaded the Kindle for Mac and found this! I remember reading a battered old copy of Little Women which belonged to my Grandma when I was a small child. Now I can sit and read on my Mac as the hubby and the kids run round my feet!! Bliss
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Format: Hardcover
I remembered this book from my own childhood so I bought it for my 9 year old daughter for Christmas. I spent some time choosing this edition and I'm glad I did because it is so pretty and quite modern and unstuffy. Some editions have an old style font which can be off-putting and a bit dense to read. This one is fresh and accessible. She has loved it and read it in a week and played it with her friends ever since.It's a real classic!
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Format: Paperback
'Little Women' is a touching story with a message - that money isn't everything. For the March girls, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, money isn't exactly in its plenty, with their father away, life can sometimes seem difficult. However, the girls seem to pull through anything, and even Amy, the youngest and most extravagent of the girls learns to cope with the hardships. With no male presence in the house, Jo sees it her duty to be the father figure, and her boyish nature and firey temper often clash with those of her older and more ladylike sister Meg. The peacekeeper of the family is Beth. She is gentle and quiet, she never has a cross word to say, and she just takes life as it comes.
In my opinion, 'Little Women' is an essential read for any girl. Its charm, sensitivity and sometimes light humour make it the sort of book you'll want to read again and again.
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Format: Leather Bound Verified Purchase
Very nice quality product that was purchased as a gift. The recipient was very pleased with it. Nice quality leather and very large. Not only Little Women but also includes Good Wives.
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