Louisa May Alcott (Compact Disc)

The Woman Behind Little Women

By Harriet Reisen, Harriet Reisen (Narrated by)

Tantor Audio, 9781400144457

Publication Date: November 1, 2009

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (12/13/2009)
Paperback (10/26/2010)
Hardcover (10/27/2009)
MP3 CD (11/1/2009)
Compact Disc (11/1/2009)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (3/1/2010)

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Description

Louisa May Alcott portrays a writer as worthy of interest in her own right as her most famous character, Jo March, and addresses all aspects of Alcott's life: the effect of her father's self-indulgent utopian schemes; her family's chronic economic difficulties and frequent uprootings; her experience as a nurse in the Civil War; and the loss of her health and frequent recourse to opiates in search of relief from migraines, insomnia, and symptomatic pain. Stories and details culled from Alcott's journals; her equally rich letters to family, friends, publishers, and admiring readers; and the correspondence, journals, and recollections of her family, friends, and famous contemporaries provide the basis for this lively account of the author's classic rags-to-riches tale. Alcott would become the equivalent of a multimillionaire in her lifetime based on the astounding sales of her books, leaving contemporaries like Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and Henry James in the dust. This biography explores Alcott's life in the context of her works, all of which are to some extent autobiographical. A fresh, modern take on this remarkable and prolific writer, who secretly authored pulp fiction, harbored radical abolitionist views, and completed heroic service as a Civil War nurse, Louisa May Alcott is also the story of how the all-time beloved American classic Little Women came to be. This revelatory portrait will present the popular author as she was and as she has never been seen before.


About the Author

Harriet Reisen has directed, produced, and developed new programs in various facets of media, including television, radio, print, and publicity. She has written dramatic and historical documentary scripts for PBS and HBO, and radio commentary for "Morning Edition" and "Marketplace."

Harriet Reisen has directed, produced, and developed new programs in various facets of media, including television, radio, print, and publicity. She has written dramatic and historical documentary scripts for PBS and HBO, and radio commentary for "Morning Edition" and "Marketplace."


Praise For Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women

"This magnificent new biography...will become not only a best-seller but also a classic." ---The Washington Times