Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott

The Woman Behind Little Women

Book - 2010
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This is a fresh, modern take on this remarkable and prolific writer, a woman who secretly authored pulp fiction, harboured radical abolitionist views, and served as a Civil War nurse. Harriet Reisen's vivid biography explores Alcott's life in the context of her works, all of which are to some extent autobiographical. This lyrically written biography will appeal to anyone who ever loved Alcott's works, and will reveal the origins of her fiction in the far-reaching experiences of her life.
Publisher: New York :, Picador,, [2010]
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780312658878
Branch Call Number: 921 A355
Characteristics: xv, 444 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Woman behind Little women


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Apr 27, 2014

The author comments on her experience as a screen writer and researcher, both of which shine through this book. I believe the book would be more "readable" if she were also talented as a fiction or novel writer because the book reads as a dense compilation of notes from the various diaries and papers she researched.

Aug 27, 2011

As is true for so many others, Louisa May Alcott and her alter-ego, Jo March, are icons of my childhood.

I already knew quite a bit about Louisa May Alcott but I still found this an informative biography.

Louisa seemed to resemble her counterpart, Jo March, even more than I'd expected. I was also surprised by how many details from the Alcott's real lives found their way into Little Women. Not surprisingly, it seems as if she wrote her life, but as she wished it to be.

I found some of the details from Louisa's mid-life or so a bit surprising. For instance, her romance with the real Laurie.

I find it terribly sad that this woman who as a girl could go into raptures over nature, or who was always the one to lead any kind of fun, who gave so much pleasure to others, and who worked so hard for everyone around her was never able to find her own happiness. She never really was able to enjoy her own success.

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