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Little Women

By Louisa May Alcott
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Publisher Description

Little Women is the classic coming-of-age tale of four sisters on their journey to adulthood. Though today it’s considered a classic, Little Women almost wasn’t written: Alcott wanted to publish a collection of short stories instead, but her publisher and her father pressed her to write a book that would appeal to a wide audience of young girls.

The first volume was written quickly and published in 1868; it was a huge success, and Alcott composed volume 2 just as quickly and published it in 1869. By her own account she didn’t enjoy writing them, and both she and her publisher agreed the first few chapters were dull—it almost goes without saying they were pleasantly shocked at the positive reception the volumes received.

By 1927 it had been acknowledged as one of the most widely-read novels of the era, and remains widely read today.

94 Reviews


Loudly Crying Face“A sweet reminder of days past, of memories made between sisters in hushed voices, of the energy in rooms filled with women who love one another, of delicate love and young love and love between sisters. A smooth, melodic read with heart and soul.”
Colorful personalitiesEasy to readBeautifulComing of age
Slightly Smiling Face“One of the most delightful and touching stories I've ever read!”
Characters change and growColorful personalitiesHeroic figuresRelatable charactersWant them to succeed
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“I’ve re-read this book 100 million times, it’s my favorite from growing up. I’ll probably reread it soon, too. My reviews wouldn’t be accurate without putting this one here <3333”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growBeautifulRealisticComing of ageMeaningful
Expressionless Face
Want them to succeedFloweryComing of ageHopeful
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes
Morally ambiguousRelatable charactersFloweryPoeticWitty banterComplexHeartbreakingEnchantingInsightfulMade me cry

About Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott (November 29, 1832 – March 6, 1888) was an American novelist, short story writer, and poet best known as the author of the novel Little Women (1868) and its sequels Little Men (1871) and Jo's Boys (1886). Raised in New England by her transcendentalist parents, Abigail May and Amos Bronson Alcott, she grew up among many well-known intellectuals of the day, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

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