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Louisa May Alcott

Cheever, Susan (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
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Susan Cheever's comprehensive and definitive biography sheds new light on of life of Louisa May Alcott, whose work has inspired generations of women. Cheever laces this provocative biography with musings on the genesis of genius, and her identification with Jo March when she was a rebellious girl in the throes of puberty.
Authors: Cheever, Susan
Statement of Responsibility: Susan Cheever
Title: Louisa May Alcott
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2010
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
Characteristics: xv, 298 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents: Preface: a trip to Concord
Trailing clouds of glory, 1832-1849
Concord. Louisa in exile, 1840-1843
Fruitlands. Family in crisis, 1843-1848
Boston. "Stick to your teaching", 1848-1858
Orchard House, 1858-1862
Fredericksburg. At the Union Hospital, 1863-1865
The writer, 1861-1867
Little women, 1868-1872
Success, 1873-1880
Lulu, 1880-1888
Summary: Susan Cheever's comprehensive and definitive biography sheds new light on of life of Louisa May Alcott, whose work has inspired generations of women. Cheever laces this provocative biography with musings on the genesis of genius, and her identification with Jo March when she was a rebellious girl in the throes of puberty.
Subject Headings: Authors, American 19th century Biography Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888
Topical Term: Authors, American
LCCN: 2010005879
ISBN: 141656991X
9781416569916
Branch Call Number: B Alcott C
Research Call Number: *R-RMRR PS1018 .C47 2011
*R-RMRR PS1018 .C47 2011
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Feb 07, 2012
  • toadrules22 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I agree with "sixtyfive"...except my main complaint is that it is not nearly as well-written as "American Bloomsbury". I think that the format of the longer biography leads her into some pretty uninteresting filler. HOWEVER, do read "American Bloomsbury". It doesn't have these flaws. And Bronson Alcott really was strange...and must have been absolute hell to live with.

May 12, 2011
  • sixtyfive rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

The author has chosen to sidetrack the topic. She goes on and on about Alcott's strange father Bronson primarily discussing what other biographers have written. I wanted to know more about Louisa May Alcott quickly into the book.
Well written but b-o-r-i-n-g

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