Louisa May Alcott: A Modern Biography

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Macmillan, Sep 30, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 428 pages

A modern biography of an ambivalent rebel and irreverent feminist who became, in spite of herself, one of our most popular authors.

While most readers know her only from her beloved classic Little Women and its sequels Little Men and Jo's Boys, her journey to become one of American's best known authors was full of twists and turns. Daughter of a prominent educator, her early life was filled with encounters with such notables and Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and other prominent intellectuals of the day. But her rise to literary fame marred by poverty and war, and hindered by her unconventional ideas about slavery, women's rights and politics.

Author Martha Saxton shows how her transendentalist father, activist mother, and three sisters not only influenced her world view, but became the basis for stories of the March family, beloved the world over.

 

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Contents

Little Women
1
The Lovers
21
3 A Victorian Courtship
35
4 Boston and Bronson
50
5 A New England Marriage
63
The Temple School
81
7 Eccentric Circles
101
Concordia
114
lS Love and SelfLove
218
Hospital Sketches
251
5 Moods
269
Europe and Little Women
285
Work
301
Abba
326
i9 Dutys Faithful Child
345
Father and Daughter
363

9 Fruitlands
134
lO Hillside
153
Midcentury
172
Beth
202
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
383
BIBLIOGRAPHY
407
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About the author (1995)

Martha Saxton is an assistant professor of history and women's and gender studies at Amherst College. She is the author of several books, including Louisa May Alcott: A Modern Biography. She lives in New York City.

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