Little Women

Little Women Cover

Little Women

By Louisa May Alcott; Susan Straight (Afterword by); Regina Barreca (Introduction 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
American novelist Louisa May Alcott is best known for her classic coming-of-age novel Little Women, and its sequels Little Men and Jo s Boys. The daughter of noted transcendentalist and educator Amos Bronson Alcott and Abigail May Alcott, Alcott was an active abolitionist and feminist, and the first woman registered to vote in Concord, Massachusetts. Schooled mainly by her father, Alcott and her three sisters also received lessons from such notables as Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Margaret Fuller. Alcott penned her first book, Flower Fables, for Emerson s daughter, Ellen. Before gaining critical success for her children s fiction, Alcott wrote several passionate adult novels using the pen name A. M. Barnard, including A Long Fatal Love Chase and Punishment. Alcott s literary career spanned more than 40 years, and she wrote more than 30 books before her death in 1888.

Susan Straight has published eight novels. Her most recent, "Between Heaven and Here", is the final book in the Rio Seco trilogy. "Take One Candle Light a Room" was named one of the best books of 2010 by the "Washington Post", "Los Angeles Times", and "Kirkus Reviews", and "A Million Nightingales" was a finalist for the 2006 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her novel "Highwire Moon" was a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award. The Golden Gopher won the 2008 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Story. Her stories and essays have appeared in the "New York Times", "Los Angeles Times", "Salon", "Harper s", "McSweeney s Quarterly Concern", the "Believer", "Zoetrope: All-Story", "Black Clock", and elsewhere. Straight has been awarded the Lannan Prize for Fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Gold Medal for Fiction from the Commonwealth Club of California. She is distinguished professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside. She was born in Riverside, California, where she lives with her family, whose history is featured on susanstraight.com.

REGINA BARRECA, is the author of numerous books, including They Used to Call Me Snow White, But I Drifted, a landmark book on women's humor, and Too Much of a Good Thing Is Wonderful. She is a frequent contributor to the Chicago Tribune and The New York Times and writes a weekly column for The Hartford Courant. A professor at the University of Connecticut, she maintains a heavy speaking schedule throughout the US and Canada,
NICOLE HOLLANDER's Sylvia cartoon strip is syndicated nationally and internationally by Tribune Media Services. Sylvia appears in over 80 newspapers, among them The Chicago Tribune, The Detroit News, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, Denver Post, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Palm Beach Post, San Francisco Examiner, San Jose Mercury News, and The Seattle Times.