Little Women : Library Edition (CompactDisc)

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Little Women is the story of a wife and her four daughters living in genteel poverty in the environs of Boston while the father is away as a chaplain in the Union Army during the Civil War.So natural are the actions and dialogue of the charming Meg, Jo, Beth & Amy - that even today "Little Women" is readable without a sense of Victorian stiffness.


Publisher Tantor Media
Mfg Part# 9781400131259
SKU 31179032
Format CD
ISBN10 1400131251
Release Date 4/10/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 6.75H x 7L x 1.75T
Author Info
Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott grew up in Concord, Massachusetts, the daughter of Bronson Alcott, a well-known transcendentalist, philosopher, and educator. The family's home was a stop on the Underground Railroad, and Alcott's father insisted that she and her sisters always be clothed in linen because linen did not exploit the slaves who picked cotton. The Alcott sisters were educated at home, and were introduced to some of the great thinkers of the times including Emerson and Thoreau. To assist with the family finances, Louisa worked at various occupations from an early age, including sewing and teaching; her novel "Little Women" was published in 1868 and was wildly popular; it has never been out of print. As a result of her success, her family was freed forever from financial distress. Alcott never married; by the time of her death at age 55, she had written hundreds of stories, novels, poems, and essays. She is best known for her children's novels. "Little Women", her best-known book, was based on the life of her family. "Little Men" was written in 1871 specifically for the children of her sister Anna (Meg in "Little Women") after the death of their father.
"...'Little Women' represents Alcott's belief that the fullest art came from women who had fulfilled both their sexual and their intellectual needs....Jo lives and writes, not as the unattainable genius, Shakespeare's sister, but as a sister of our own."
"In 'Little Women' [Alcott] gives us Jo, her best creation, but to allow Jo to live the adult reader must forgive Alcott everything else in the 502 soppy and moralizing pages."
"Jo should have remained a literary spinster, but so many enthusiastic young ladies wrote to me clamorously demanding that she should marry Laurie, or somebody, that I didn't dare refuse and out of perversity went and made a funny match for her."
"There was one book in which I believed I had caught a glimpse of my future self: 'Little Women', by Louisa May Alcott....I identified passionately with Jo, the intellectual....I shared her horror of housekeeping and her love of books."
From the Publisher
First Line "Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents," grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.
Annotation A classic with girls everywhere, LITTLE WOMEN tells the gripping story of the four March sisters--Jo, Amy, Beth, and Meg--as they struggle to grow up in an impoverished New England family during the Civil War. In this old-fashioned coming-of-age novel based on Louisa May Alcott's own interesting childhood, each sister, though uniquely talented, has to overcome her own unfortunate qualities, which include bluntness, vanity, shyness, and self-indulgence. Book One focuses on the pleasures and pains of life with their loving and wise mother, Marmee, while their father, a minister, serves in the war. Book Two takes place after the war has ended and the father has returned to the family. Jo's intense determination to become a professional writer, Beth's loving heart, Meg's work as a governess, and Amy's burgeoning artistic talent are each followed with care as the sisters|encounter love, marriage, and an unexpected tragedy.
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Book Format Audio Cassette - Unabridged / Audio CD - Unabridged
Minimum Age 09
Number of Pages 0
Publisher Tantor Media
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