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Louisa May Alcott

The Woman Behind Little Women
Reisen, Harriet (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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A vivid, energetic account of the life of Louisa May Alcott that explores Alcott's life in the context of her works, all of which are to some extent autobiographical.
Authors: Reisen, Harriet
Statement of Responsibility: Harriet Reisen
Title: Louisa May Alcott
the woman behind Little women
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Henry Holt and Co., 2009
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xiv, 362 p. ; 25 cm.
Notes: "A John Macrae book."
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [303]-341) and index
Contents: Behind a mask
Fit for the scuffle of things
The law of might
The topsey-turvey girl
Wild exuberant nature
Man in a balloon
Transcendental wild oats
The happiest years of my life
Heaven's so far away
The independent feeling
Nature must have a vent
I've often longed to see a war
Where glory waited
A little romance
We really lived most of it
Happy before I die
Success
The cream of things
More courage and patience
How they turned out
Summary: A vivid, energetic account of the life of Louisa May Alcott that explores Alcott's life in the context of her works, all of which are to some extent autobiographical.
Subject Headings: Authors, American 19th century Biography Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888
Topical Term: Authors, American
LCCN: 2009010637
ISBN: 0805082999
9780805082999
Research Call Number: JFE 09-5045
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Apr 27, 2014
  • wmtlady rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The author comments on her experience as a screen writer and researcher, both of which shine through this book. I believe the book would be more "readable" if she were also talented as a fiction or novel writer because the book reads as a dense compilation of notes from the various diaries and papers she researched.

As is true for so many others, Louisa May Alcott and her alter-ego, Jo March, are icons of my childhood.

I already knew quite a bit about Louisa May Alcott but I still found this an informative biography.

Louisa seemed to resemble her counterpart, Jo March, even more than I'd expected. I was also surprised by how many details from the Alcott's real lives found their way into Little Women. Not surprisingly, it seems as if she wrote her life, but as she wished it to be.

I found some of the details from Louisa's mid-life or so a bit surprising. For instance, her romance with the real Laurie.

I find it terribly sad that this woman who as a girl could go into raptures over nature, or who was always the one to lead any kind of fun, who gave so much pleasure to others, and who worked so hard for everyone around her was never able to find her own happiness. She never really was able to enjoy her own success.

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