Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters Hardcover – Deckle Edge, 21 Sep 2018
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"This delightful read had me leaping to grab Little Women and its two sequels off the bookshelf immediately."
--Samira Ahmed, Mail on Sunday Event Magazine
"Highly entertaining and eminently sane…[Rioux] paints a compelling portrait of Alcott, giving us fascinating insights into the creation of Little Women."--Washington Post
"Rioux gives an enthralling account of how Little Women broke new ground with realistic girls who spoke in 'vulgar' slang, lost their tempers, had career plans and, if they did get married, found it pretty hard work... This delightful read had me leaping to grab Little Women and its two sequels off the bookshelf immediately."
--The Mail on Sunday
"...[a] satisfying, balanced but punchy tribute to Alcott's great work..."
"Astute examination of the long life of Little Women."--The Atlantic
"...highly companionable and illuminating..." --Vanity Fair
About the Author
Anne Boyd Rioux, a professor at the University of New Orleans, the author of Constance Fenimore Woolson: Portrait of a Lady Novelist, and the editor of Miss Grief and Other Stories, has received two National Endowment for the Humanities Awards, one for public scholarship. She lives in New Orleans.
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The author clearly loves Little Women bringing it into the context of the 21st century; text suitable for all readers of Little Women from child to adult.
I must have read Little Women about 20 times...just finished this book on the novel.....now on what shelf did I put Little Women?
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September 30, 2018, marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Little Women. What was originally written as a simple story for girls became a best-seller of its time, resonated to me in the 1950s, and still speaks to my granddaughters' generation today. Ms. Rioux has turned her impeccable research into a highly readable text suitable for "ordinary readers" and Alcott scholars alike. I'm very pleased to add my copy to my collection of "all things Alcott". I recommend it highly.