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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1420933280
ISBN-13: 9781420933284
Sku: 211700506
Publish Date: 8/5/2009
Pages:  188
Age Range:  NA
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A semi-autobiographical novel depicting the struggles of a young woman, Christie Devon, to support herself in the years before and after the Civil War. Christie works as a seamstress, a companion to a wealthy neurotic woman, an actress, and a governess before she eventually marries David Sterling (a gentler, fictional version of Alcott's friend, Henry David Thoreau.) After David's death in the war, she devotes herself and her inheritance to charitable work aimed at helping women work for a better world.
Author Bio
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.


Introduction to Penguin edition
"...Alcott locates true harmony in a female world where vanity and ambition are replaced by cooperation and mutual respect." - Joy S. Kasson

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