She taught her daughters the importance of supporting themselves and dreamed of a day when a woman, like a man, could enjoy both a family and a career. But the real woman behind the fiction—Louisa May Alcott’s own mother, Abigail—has for more than a century remained shrouded in mystery. Little women’s “marmee” is one of the most recognizable mothers in American literature.
My Heart is Boundless: Writings of Abigail May Alcott, Louisa's Mother #ad - Full of wit, a wife, abigail’s private writings offer a moving, charm, intimate portrait of a mother, a sister, and astonishing wisdom, and a fierce intellect that demands to be heard. Scholars believed that her papers were burned by her daughter and husband, as they claimed, and that little additional information survived.
No self-effacing housewife, Abigail was a passionate writer and thinker, a feminist far ahead of her time. Until now. These discoveries, inform laplante’s groundbreaking new dual biography, and others, Marmee & Louisa, a companion volume to My Heart Is Boundless.
Marmee & Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her MotherFree Press #ad - Biographers have consistently attributed Louisa’s uncommon success to her father, Bronson Alcott, assuming that this outspoken idealist was the source of his daughter’s progressive thinking and remarkable independence. But in this riveting dual biography, ” abigail may alcott, drawing from a trove of surprising new documents to show that it was Louisa’s actual “Marmee, award-winning biographer Eve LaPlante explodes these myths, who formed the intellectual and emotional center of her world.
In marmee & louisa, re-creates their shared story from diaries, LaPlante, Abigail’s great-niece and Louisa’s cousin, and personal papers, letters, some recently discovered in a family attic and many others that were thought to have been destroyed. This gorgeously written story of two extraordinary women is guaranteed to transform our view of one of America’s most beloved authors.
Marmee & Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother #ad - Here at last abigail is revealed in her full complexity—long dismissed as a quiet, self-effacing background figure, she comes to life as a fascinating writer and thinker in her own right. A politically active feminist firebrand, ambitious woman who fought for universal civil rights, passionate, she was a highly opinionated, women’s suffrage, publicly advocating for abolition, and other defin-ing moral struggles of her era.
Abigail, whose difficult life both inspired and served as a warning to her devoted daughters, pushed Louisa to excel at writing and to chase her unconventional dreams in a male-dominated world. In this groundbreaking work, laplante paints an exquisitely moving and utterly convincing portrait of a woman decades ahead of her time, and the fiercely independent daughter whose life was deeply entwined with her mother’s dreams of freedom.
Louisa may alcott was one of the most successful and bestselling authors of her day, earning more than any of her male contemporaries.
Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her FatherW. W. Norton & Company #ad - Louisa challenged him with her mercurial moods and yearnings for money and fame. Yet during louisa's youth, the famous Alcott was her father, Bronson—an eminent teacher and a friend of Emerson and Thoreau. The other prize she deeply coveted—her father's understanding—seemed hardest to win. This story of bronson and louisa's tense yet loving relationship adds dimensions to Louisa's life, her work, and the relationships of fathers and daughters.
Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father #ad - . He desired perfection, for the world and from his family. Winner of the pulitzer Prize for BiographyLouisa May Alcott is known universally.
Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still MattersW. W. Norton & Company #ad - An affectionate and perceptive tribute. Wendy smith, boston globein meg, amy, jo, beth, anne boyd rioux brings a fresh and engaging look at the circumstances leading Louisa May Alcott to write Little Women and why this beloved story of family and community ties set in the Civil War has resonated with audiences across time.
Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little WomenHenry Holt and Co. #ad - Pbs and hbo documentary scriptwriter Harriet Reisen reveals the extraordinary woman behind the beloved American classic as never before. Stories and details culled from alcott's journals, together with revealing letters to family, plus recollections of her famous contemporaries, and publishers, friends, provide the basis for this lively account of the author's classic rags-to-riches tale.
Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women #ad - . Louisa may alcott is the perfect gift for fans of Little Women and of Greta Gerwig's adaptation starring Meryl Streep, Emma Watson, and Saoirse Ronan. At last, louisa may alcott has the biography that admirers of Little Women might have hoped for. The wall street journal's 10 best books of the yeara fresh, modern take on the remarkable Louisa May Alcott, Harriet Reisen's vivid biography explores the author's life in the context of her works, many of which are to some extent autobiographical.
Although alcott secretly wrote pulp fiction, harbored radical abolitionist views, and served as a Civil War nurse, her novels went on to sell more copies than those of Herman Melville and Henry James.
The Annotated Little Women The Annotated BooksW. W. Norton & Company #ad - The pulitzer prize–winning biographer of Louisa May Alcott illuminates the world of Little Women and its author. Since its publication in 1868–69, little women, perhaps America’s most beloved children’s classic, has been handed down from mother to daughter for generations. This lavish, four-color edition features over 220 curated illustrations, and iconic illustrations by children’s-book illustrators Alice Barber Stevens, stunning art by Norman Rockwell, including stills from the films, Frank T.
His brilliant introductory essays examine Little Women’s pivotal place in children’s literature and tell the story of Alcott herself—a tale every bit as captivating as her fiction. Through numerous photographs taken in the alcott family home expressly for this edition—elder daughter Anna’s wedding dress, sister May’s art, the Alcott sisters’ theater costumes, and Abba Alcott’s recipe book—readers discover the extraordinary links between the real and the fictional family.
The Annotated Little Women The Annotated Books #ad - Matteson’s annotations evoke the once-used objects and culture of a distant but still-relevant time, from the horse-drawn carriages to the art Alcott carefully placed in her story to references to persons little known today. It has been translated into more than fifty languages and inspired six films, four television shows, a Broadway musical, an opera, and a web series.
Merrill, and Jessie Wilcox Smith. Renowned alcott scholar john matteson brings his expertise to the book, to the March family it creates, and to the Alcott family who inspired it all.
Little Women: Complete Series - 4 Novels in One Edition: Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men and Jo's BoysKathartika #ad - But whatever the reason, generations of readers have loved these novels since they were first published. It has been argued that within little Women one finds the first vision of the "All-American girl" and that her multiple aspects are embodied in the differing March sisters. The novels follow the lives of the four March sisters—Meg, Beth, Jo and Amy, each with a very different character.
Little Women: Complete Series - 4 Novels in One Edition: Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men and Jo's Boys #ad - Louisa may alcott ended little women 1868 with the words “So the curtain falls upon Meg, Beth, Jo, and Amy. Alcott quickly completed a second volume, Good Wives 1869, and later Little Men 1871and Jo’s Boys 1886. Whether it ever rises again, depends upon the reception given the first act of the domestic drama called Little Women.
It was an immediate commercial and critical success, and readers demanded to know more about the characters.
Louisa May Alcott Illustrated: Her Life, Letters, and Journals#ad - The preacher, the teacher, with critical faculties all alive, the didactic writer find their audience in hours of strength, to question their propositions and refute their arguments. By inheritance and education she had rich and peculiar gifts; and her life was one of rare advantages, as well as of trying difficulties.
She was not a voluminous correspondent; she did not encourage many intimacies, and she seldom wrote letters except to her family, unless in reference to some purpose she had strongly at heart. Her letters are brief, but always characteristic in feeling and expression; and, and strictly to the point, even at the risk of the repetition of matter contained in her journals or her books, I shall give copious extracts from such as have come into my hands.
Louisa May Alcott Illustrated: Her Life, Letters, and Journals #ad - She rarely sought for the material of her stories in old chronicles, or foreign adventures. Fortunately I can let her speak mainly for herself. Miss alcott revised her journals at different times during her later life, striking out what was too personal for other eyes than her own, and destroying a great deal which would doubtless have proved very interesting.
The small number of letters given will undoubtedly be a disappointment. Writing was her constant occupation, and she was not tempted to indulge in it as a recreation. Her capital was her own life and experiences and those of others directly about her; and her own well-remembered girlish frolics and fancies were sure to find responsive enjoyment in the minds of other girls.
It is therefore impossible to understand Miss Alcott's works fully without a knowledge of her own life and experiences.
The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American RomanticismMariner Books #ad - Pulitzer prize finalist: “a stunning work of biography” about three little-known New England women who made intellectual history The New York Times. And the frail sophia, an admired painter among the preeminent society artists of the day, married Nathaniel Hawthorne—but not before Hawthorne threw the delicate dynamics among the sisters into disarray.
The story of these remarkable sisters—and their central role in shaping the thinking of their day—has never before been fully told. A massive enterprise, ” the peabody Sisters is an event in American biography The New York Times Book Review. Elizabeth, mary, and Sophia Peabody were in many ways the American Brontës.
Elizabeth peabody, the oldest sister, was a mind-on-fire influence on the great writers of the era—Emerson, Hawthorne, and Thoreau among them—who also published some of their earliest works; it was she who prodded these newly minted Transcendentalists away from Emerson’s individualism and toward a greater connection to others.
The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism #ad - Marshall’s book is a grand story . . . Middle sister mary peabody was a passionate reformer who finally found her soul mate in the great educator Horace Mann. Casting new light on a legendary american era, and on three sisters who made an indelible mark on history, Marshall’s unprecedented research uncovers thousands of never-before-seen letters as well as other previously unmined original sources.
Where male and female minds and sensibilities were in free, fruitful communion, even if men could exploit this cultural richness far more easily than women.
Little Women: The Official Movie CompanionAbrams Books for Young Readers #ad - Featuring lavish full color photos of the set, detailed images of key props, and more, actors perfecting their craft, this companion is a must-have both for fans of the film and Alcott’s original masterpiece. Learn about the history that led to Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel and the modern vision that brought these cherished characters to life for a new generation.
Louisa may alcott’s beloved classic comes to life in greta gerwig’s 2019 film, with an all-star cast featuring Timothée Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan, Louis Garrel, Florence Pugh, Chris Cooper, Bob Odenkirk, Meryl Streep, and this stunning guide details the making of the major motion picture, James Norton, Laura Dern, Eliza Scanlen, and Emma Watson.
Little Women: The Official Movie Companion #ad - . Go behind-the-scenes with the march sisters in this official companion to the major motion picture adaptation of Little Women, written and directed by Academy Award nominated director Greta Gerwig. Take a look at how the film was made in an insider’s guide packed with cast and crew interviews, photos of the real-life locations that were transformed into iconic sets for the film, and recipes that bring the flavors of 19th century New England to life.
Alcott in Her Own Time: A Biographical Chronicle of Her LIfe, Drawn from Recollections, Interviews, and Memoirs by Family, Friends, and Associates Writers in Their Own TimeUniversity Of Iowa Press #ad - In her pre-little women days, she concocted blood-and-thunder tales for low wages; post-Little Women, she specialized in domestic novels and short stories for children. Collected here for the first time are the reminiscences of people who knew her, the majority of which have not been published since their original appearance in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Many of the printed recollections in this book appeared after alcott became famous and showcase her as a literary lion, when she was living the life of Jo March; these intimate glimpses into the life of the Alcott family lead the reader to one conclusion: the family was happy, and entertaining, but others focus on her teen years, fun, very much like the fictional Marches.
Alcott in Her Own Time: A Biographical Chronicle of Her LIfe, Drawn from Recollections, Interviews, and Memoirs by Family, Friends, and Associates Writers in Their Own Time #ad - By 1888, twenty years after the publication of little Women, Louisa May Alcott 1832-1888 was one of the most popular and successful authors America had yet produced. The recollections about an older and wealthier Alcott show a kind and generous, albeit outspoken, woman little changed by her money and status.
From annie sawyer downs’s description of life in concord to anna alcott Pratt’s recollections of the Alcott sisters’ acting days to Julian Hawthorne’s neighborly portrait of the Alcotts, the thirty-six recollections in this copiously illustrated volume tell the private and public story of a remarkable life.