Portable Louisa May Alcott

ISBN-10: 0140275746

ISBN-13: 9780140275742

Edition: 2000

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The Portable Louisa May Alcottsamples the entire spectrum of Alcott's writings: her novels, novellas, children's stories, sensationalist fiction, gothic tales, memoirs, letters, and journals. Presenting her more daring works, such as Moodsand Behind a Mask,alongside the more familiar heroines, and including a selection of personal writing, this singular collection shows the relationship not only between Little Womenand Alcott's family life but also between Little Womenand the sensation fiction - and how this apparent dichotomy illuminates who Alcott was. Edited by award-winning Alcott scholar Elizabeth Lennox Keyser, The Portable Louisa May Alcottoffers readers a wide-ranging portrait of this influential writer.
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List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 7/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 640
Size: 4.75" wide x 7.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, in 1832. Two years later, she moved with her family to Boston and in 1840 to Concord, which was to remain her family home for the rest of her life. Her father, Bronson Alcott, was a transcendentalist and friend of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. Alcott early realized that her father could not be counted on as sole support of his family, and so she sacrificed much of her own pleasure to earn money by sewing, teaching, and churning out potboilers. Her reputation was established with Hospital Sketches (1863), which was an account of her work as a volunteer nurse in Washington, D.C. Alcott's first works were written for children, including her best-known Little Women (1868--69) and Little Men: Life at Plumfield with Jo's Boys (1871). Moods (1864), a "passionate conflict," was written for adults. Alcott's writing eventually became the family's main source of income. Throughout her life, Alcott continued to produce highly popular and idealistic literature for children. An Old-Fashioned Girl (1870), Eight Cousins (1875), Rose in Bloom (1876), Under the Lilacs (1878), and Jack and Jill (1881) enjoyed wide popularity. At the same time, her adult fiction, such as the autobiographical novel Work: A Story of Experience (1873) and A Modern Mephistopheles (1877), a story based on the Faust legend, shows her deeper concern with such social issues as education, prison reform, and women's suffrage. She realistically depicts the problems of adolescents and working women, the difficulties of relationships between men and women, and the values of the single woman's life.

Introduction
Chronology
Short Fiction
My Contraband
A Whisper in the Dark
Thrice Tempted
Le Jeune; or, Actress and Woman
Psyche's Art
My Mysterious Mademoiselle
Cupid and Chow-chow
Queen Aster
Novels and Novellas
Moods
Behind a Mask: or, A Woman's Power
From Little Women, part 2
From Work: A Story of Experience
From A Modern Mephistopheles
From Jo's Boys
Memoirs, Journals, and Letters
Transcendental Wild Oats
Journals
Letters
Selected Bibliography
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