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Alcott Louisa May; Little Women

SKU: Alcott Louisa May AB0605060 $15.00
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott published by Grosset & Dunlap New York in 1915. Companion Library edition. Highly decorated debossed green cloth boards with Companion Libraryand colophon in center of front. Same debossed decoration on spine with title author and pub. Spine cloth has a 9 cm. split from bottom up running along back hinge. The front has a 4 cm. scratch through the cloth to the board. Corners are bumped with wear. There is a .5 cm. x 1.2 cm. abrasion through to the board on the back board middle towards the edge. Spine shows shelf-wear at head and foot. Binding is tight. 397 off-white pages without any foxing spotting tear or loss. No marks or inscriptions. Top page edges stained by pub. Mottling on remaining edges. Text is complete. No dust jacket. Volume measures: 13 cm. x 19.3 cm. (12mo). Little Women (or Meg Jo Beth and Amy) is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888). Written and set in the Alcott family home Orchard House in Concord Massachusetts. It was published in two parts in 1868 and 1869. The novel follows the lives of four sisters Meg Jo Beth and Amy March and is loosely based on the author trades childhood experiences with her three sisters. The first part of the book was an immediate commercial and critical success prompting the composition of the book trades second part titled Good Wivesalso a huge success. Both parts were first published as a single volume in 1880. Alcott followed Little Womenwith two sequels reprising the March sisters Little Men(1871) and Jo trades Boys(1886). Alcott trades original work explores the overcoming of character flaws. Many of the chapter titles in this first part are allusions to the allegorical concepts and places in Pilgrim trades Progress. When young the girls played Pilgrim trades Progressby taking an imaginary journey through their home. As young women they agree to continue the figurative journey using the guidebookscopies of the New Testament described as that beautiful old story of the best life ever livedthey receive on Christmas morning. Each of the March girls must struggle to overcome a major character flaw: Meg vanity: Jo a hot temper: Beth shyness: and Amy selfishness. The girls must work out these flaws in order to live up to their mother and father trades high expectations as mothers wives sisters and citizens. In the course of the novel the girls become friends with their next-door neighbor the teenage boy Laurie (whose given name is Theodore who becomes a particular friend to Jo. In addition to the more serious themes outlined above the book describes the light hearted often humorous activities of the sisters and their friend such as creating a newspaper and picnicking and the various scrapes that Jo and Laurie get into. The story represents family relationships and explores family life thoroughly. It also reflects issues of feminism as Jo constantly struggles with the boundaries 19th century society placed on females including not being able to fight in a war not being able to attend college and being pressured by her Aunt March to find a suitable husband to take care of her. Alcott's father Bronson was a philosopher and educational reformer whose idealistic projects kept the family in poverty: financial security did not come until ''Little Women''. However the Alcott family was rich in friends which included such noted figures as Ralph Waldo Emerson Henry David Thoreau and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Like her father Alcott practiced her beliefs working for the right of women to vote and for the temperance (anti-drinking) movement. The March sisters - Meg Jo Beth and Amy have been immortalized in the movies as well: the most famous ''Jo'' was Katherine Hepburn.