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It is no secret that Alcott based Little Women on her own early life. While her father, the freethinking reformer and abolitionist Bronson Alcott, hobnobbed with such eminent male authors as Emerson, Thoreau, and Hawthorne, Louisa supported herself and her sisters with "woman’s work,” including sewing, doing laundry, and acting as a domestic servant. But she soon discovered she could make more money writing. Little Women brought her lasting fame and fortune, and far from being the "girl’s book” her publisher requested, it explores such timeless themes as love and death, war and peace, the conflict between personal ambition and family responsibilities, and the clash of cultures between Europe and America.
449 pages, Mass Market Paperback
First published January 1, 1868
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The March sisters may be radically different but they all have one thing in common - love.
“Don't try to make me grow up before my time…”
I like good strong words that mean something…Meg, the beautiful sister, often puts her family first and holds them together when her mother cannot.
You don’t need scores of suitors. You need only one… if he’s the right one.Amy, the youngest, was spoiled as a child and oh my, it shows. But even she can rally when life looks darkest.
I'd rather take coffee than compliments just now.Beth, sweet and good-natured, valiantly cheers on her sisters but her frail health often keeps her at the sidelines.
There are many Beths in the world, shy and quiet, sitting in corners till needed, and living for others so cheerfully that no one sees the sacrifices till the little cricket on the hearth stops chirping...The sisters must face hardships their New England home.
Watch and pray, dear, never get tired of trying, and never think it is impossible to conquer your fault.This is probably my fifth or sixth time through and yes, I am totally going to read it again.
You are the gull, Jo, strong and wild, fond of the storm and the wind, flying far out to sea, and happy all alone.And the message of the book! Ahh. My heart. So full.
Be worthy love, and love will come.That being said, I do absolutely hate that .
jo + laurie 4 ever, amirite ladies?!
“Love is a great beautifier.”
“I want to do something splendid...something heroic or wonderful that won't be forgotten after I'm dead. I don't know what, but I'm on the watch for it and mean to astonish you all someday.”
“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”