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Louisa May Alcott

The Woman Behind Little Women

Reisen, Harriet

(Book - 2009)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Louisa May Alcott
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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.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Henry Holt and Co., 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0805082999
9780805082999
Characteristics: xiv, 362 p. ; 25 cm.

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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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