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Louisa May Alcott: Her Life, Letters and Journals [Hardcover]

Louisa May Alcott

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October 1991 0781280095 978-0781280099
Excerpts from Alcott's journals and letters, in which she ruminates on both her personal life and her literary career. Includes poetry, conversations with her sisters, and negotiations with editors. Alcott destroyed material she thought too personal in her journals and many of her letters, but sufficient content remains to show the talent and influences which produced some of America's favorite stories.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Reprint Services Corp (October 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781280095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781280099
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g

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About the Author

Ednah Dow Cheney (1824-1904), who edited and annotated ""Louisa May Alcott: Her Life, Letters, and Journals,"" was a writer, reformer, philanthropist, abolitionist and champion of women's rights. She helped recruit Boston teachers for freedmen's schools in the South after the Civil War, was vice president of the Massachusetts Woman Suffrage Association, was vice president of the New England's Women's Club, and was secretary of the New England Hospital for Women and Children. Cheney lectured widely, including at the Concord School of Philosophy on the history of art.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable book for students of literature and writing! Oct. 4 2005
By Book Lover - Published on Amazon.com
Louisa May Alcott, when speaking of herself, writes with humility and grace. Her words are always wise and quietly moving. Her story is rich and engaging. This is an awesome inside view to an amazing woman and author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Look at a Fascinating Woman Oct. 13 2006
By drebbles - Published on Amazon.com
Compiled and edited in 1889 by Ednah Cheney, this book offers an interesting look into the life of Louisa May Alcott. Cheney intersperses the letters and journal entries with some biographical information. The Alcotts were very poor and lived off the money Louisa made from her writing; Alcott keeps track of how much money she gets for each story, even after the success of "Little Women". Unfortunately, the amount of time she spent writing (up to 14 hours a day), plus the illness she caught after nursing civil war soldiers took a toll on her and many of her letters, plus many of the journal entries mention her various illnesses and describe how she had to take morphine to help her sleep.

Fans of "Little Women" will be most interested in the segments regarding that book and may be surprised to find out that Alcott thought the book was boring. It's hard to believe she really meant that because it's clear from her letters and journal entries how very biographical "Little Women" is. In fact, Alcott's journal description of Beth's death in real life is used almost word for word in the book. Other elements in "Little Women" are fiction (there was, alas, no real life Professor Bhaer and Alcott included him against her better judgement - she would have preferred Jo remain single, as Alcott herself did) and Teddy was based on a Polish acquaintance, not a next door neighbor. However, the four sisters are based on Louisa and her sisters and the journal entries and letters make you realize how perfectly she caught them on paper.

This is an interesting book about not only a fascinating woman but also a fascinating family. The Alcotts' friends included the Emersons, the Thoreaus and the Hawthornes, all whose influences helped shape Louisa May Alcott's writings. Despite her success, her life was not an easy one and was often filled with sorrow. Yet, despite her sorrow and illnesses, Louise May Alcott's works enchanted children then and now.
5.0 out of 5 stars Louisa May Alcott March 3 2014
By RoadRunner - Published on Amazon.com
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I have seen the movie Little Women at least twice, but had never read the book. I was amazed to read these stories by LMA, and the story of her life. Her writing is stunning and her stories keep you spellbound. She was so perceptive and an amazing person, very much ahead of her time. I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys reading.

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