Little Women

Little Women Cover

Little Women

By Louisa May Alcott; Regina Barreca (Introduction by); Susan Straight (Afterword by)

Signet Classics, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780451532084, 507pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2012

Description
Louisa May Alcott shares the innocence of girlhood and the warmth of sisterhood in this charming tale of four sisters. Responding to the need for a girls book, the little known writer was met with unexpected fame and fortune for this novel inspired by her own childhood.
In picturesque nineteenth-century New England, tomboyish Jo, beautiful Meg, fragile Beth, and romantic Amy are responsible for keeping a home while their father is off to war. At the same time, they must come to terms with their individual personalities and make the transition from girlhood to womanhood. It can all be quite a challenge. But the March sisters, however different, are nurtured by their wise and beloved Marmee, bound by their love for each other and the feminine strength they share. Readers of all ages have fallen instantly in love with these "Little Women." Their story transcends time making this novel endure as a classic piece of American literature that has captivated generations of readers with their charm, innocence, and wistful insights.
With an Introduction by Regina Barecca
and an Afterword by Susan Straight.


About the Author
Louisa May Alcott(1832-1888) was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania. The family later settled in Concord, Massachusetts, where Alcott was influenced by their neighbors Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau. At a young age, Louisa took on some of the family s financial burdens and worked as a domestic, a teacher, and a writer. In 1868 and 1869, fame and fortune came with the publication of "Little Women." During her lifetime, Alcott wrote numerous novels and was an active campaigner for temperance and women s suffrage.

Regina Barecca, Professor of English and Feminist Theory at the University of Connecticut, is the editor of the influential journal "LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theory." Among her many books are "They Used to Call Me Snow White...But I Drifted," a widely acclaimed study of women s humor, and "Babes in Boyland," "It s Not That I m Bitter...," and "Untamed and Unabashed: Essays on Women and Humor in British Literature." She is also the editor of "The Penguin Book of Women s Humor."

Susan Straight is an award-winning fiction writer whose novel "Highwire Moon," was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her other novels include "Aquaboogie," "I Been in Sorrow s Kitchen and Licked out All the Pots," and "Blacker than a Thousand Midnights." She was born in Riverside, California, and lives there with her three daughters."