Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography

Simon & Schuster #ad - A fan of little women from the age of twelve, cheever brings a unique perspective to Louisa May Alcott’s life as a woman, and a distinguished author in her own right, a daughter, and a working writer. Louisa may alcott never intended to write Little Women. She had dismissed her publisher’s pleas for such a novel.

She details bronson alcott’s stalwart educational vision, when she contracted pneumonia and was treated with mercury-laden calomel, which would affect her health for the rest of her life; and her vibrant intellectual circle of writers and reformers, which led the Alcotts to relocate each time his progressive teaching went sour; her unsuccessful early attempts at serious literature, idealists who led the charge in support of antislavery, which Henry James panned; her time as a Civil War nurse, temperance, including Moods, and women’s rights.

Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography #ad - In louisa may alcott, massachusetts, returns to Concord, Susan Cheever, the acclaimed author of American Bloomsbury, to explore the life of one of its most iconic residents. Based on extensive research, cheever’s biography chronicles all aspects of Alcott’s life, journals, and correspondence, from the fateful meeting of her parents to her death, just two days after that of her father.

Alcott’s independence defied the conventional wisdom, and her personal choices and literary legacy continue to inspire generations of women. Written out of necessity to support her family, the book had an astounding success that changed her life, a life which turned out very differently from that of her beloved heroine Jo March.


Marmee & Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother

Free Press #ad - In this groundbreaking work, laplante paints an exquisitely moving and utterly convincing portrait of a woman decades ahead of her time, and the fiercely independent daughter whose life was deeply entwined with her mother’s dreams of freedom. Louisa may alcott was one of the most successful and bestselling authors of her day, earning more than any of her male contemporaries.

In marmee & louisa, abigail’s great-niece and louisa’s cousin, letters, re-creates their shared story from diaries, LaPlante, and personal papers, some recently discovered in a family attic and many others that were thought to have been destroyed. But in this riveting dual biography, award-winning biographer eve LaPlante explodes these myths, ” Abigail May Alcott, drawing from a trove of surprising new documents to show that it was Louisa’s actual “Marmee, who formed the intellectual and emotional center of her world.

A politically active feminist firebrand, she was a highly opinionated, women’s suffrage, ambitious woman who fought for universal civil rights, passionate, publicly advocating for abolition, and other defin-ing moral struggles of her era. Abigail, whose difficult life both inspired and served as a warning to her devoted daughters, pushed Louisa to excel at writing and to chase her unconventional dreams in a male-dominated world.

Marmee & Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother #ad - This gorgeously written story of two extraordinary women is guaranteed to transform our view of one of America’s most beloved authors. Here at last abigail is revealed in her full complexity—long dismissed as a quiet, self-effacing background figure, she comes to life as a fascinating writer and thinker in her own right.

. Biographers have consistently attributed Louisa’s uncommon success to her father, Bronson Alcott, assuming that this outspoken idealist was the source of his daughter’s progressive thinking and remarkable independence.


Louisa May Alcott Illustrated: Her Life, Letters, and Journals

#ad - She has known the way to the hearts of young people, but in every condition of life, not only in her own class, or even country, and in many foreign lands. She was not a voluminous correspondent; she did not encourage many intimacies, and she seldom wrote letters except to her family, unless in reference to some purpose she had strongly at heart.

Louisa may alcott is universally recognized as the greatest and most popular story-teller for children in her generation. Miss alcott wished to have most of her letters destroyed, and her sister respected her wishes. Herself of the most true and frank nature, showing what influences acted upon her through life, she has given us the opportunity of knowing her without disguise; and it is thus that I shall try to portray her, and how faithfully and fully she performed whatever duties circumstances laid upon her.

Louisa May Alcott Illustrated: Her Life, Letters, and Journals #ad - Fortunately I can let her speak mainly for herself. Miss alcott revised her journals at different times during her later life, striking out what was too personal for other eyes than her own, and destroying a great deal which would doubtless have proved very interesting. The small number of letters given will undoubtedly be a disappointment.

Her capital was her own life and experiences and those of others directly about her; and her own well-remembered girlish frolics and fancies were sure to find responsive enjoyment in the minds of other girls. It is therefore impossible to understand Miss Alcott's works fully without a knowledge of her own life and experiences.

She rarely sought for the material of her stories in old chronicles, or foreign adventures.


American Bloomsbury: Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau: Their Lives, Their Loves, Their Work

Simon & Schuster #ad - Susan cheever reacquaints us with the sexy, subversive side of Concord's nineteenth-century intellectuals, restoring in three dimensions the literary personalities whose work is at the heart of our national history and cultural identity. Herman melville was, according to some, ultimately driven mad by his consuming and unrequited affection for Hawthorne.

Susan cheever's latest work, moby-dick, walden, brings new life to the well-known literary personages who produced such cherished works as The Scarlet Letter, however, and Little Women. Far from typically victorian, not only questioned established literary forms, this group of intellectuals, like their British Bloomsbury counterparts to whom the title refers, but also resisted old moral and social strictures.

Vying with hawthorne for fuller's attention, Emerson wrote the fiery feminist love letters while she resided yards away from his wife in his guest room. Inclined to bend the rules of its bonds, and because liberal theories could not entirely guarantee against jealousy, Brook Farm, many of its members spent time at the notorious commune, the tension of real or imagined infidelities was always near the surface.

Even the most devoted readers of nineteenth-century American literature often assume that the men and women behind the masterpieces were as dull and staid as the era's static daguerreotypes. These remarkable men and women were so improbably concentrated in placid Concord, Massachusetts, that Henry James referred to the town as the "biggest little place in America.

Among the host of luminaries who floated in and out of concord's "american bloomsbury" as satellites of the venerable intellect and prodigious fortune of Ralph Waldo Emerson were Henry David Thoreau -- perpetual second to his mentor in both love and career; Louisa May Alcott -- dreamy girl and ambitious spinster; Nathaniel Hawthorne -- dilettante and cad; and Margaret Fuller -- glamorous editor and foreign correspondent.

American Bloomsbury: Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau: Their Lives, Their Loves, Their Work #ad - Rendering in full color the tumultuous, bohemian types, they were once considered avant-garde, while these literary heroes now seem secure of their spots in the canon, Cheever's dynamic narrative reminds us that, often scandalous lives of these volatile and vulnerable geniuses, at odds with the establishment.


Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women

Henry Holt and Co. #ad - Pbs and hbo documentary scriptwriter Harriet Reisen reveals the extraordinary woman behind the beloved American classic as never before. Although alcott secretly wrote pulp fiction, harbored radical abolitionist views, and served as a Civil War nurse, her novels went on to sell more copies than those of Herman Melville and Henry James.

Stories and details culled from alcott's journals, friends, and publishers, plus recollections of her famous contemporaries, together with revealing letters to family, provide the basis for this lively account of the author's classic rags-to-riches tale. Louisa may alcott is the perfect gift for fans of Little Women and of Greta Gerwig's adaptation starring Meryl Streep, Emma Watson, and Saoirse Ronan.

Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women #ad - At last, louisa may alcott has the biography that admirers of Little Women might have hoped for. The wall street journal's 10 best books of the yeara fresh, harriet Reisen's vivid biography explores the author's life in the context of her works, modern take on the remarkable Louisa May Alcott, many of which are to some extent autobiographical.


Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father

W. W. Norton & Company #ad - Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father #ad - He desired perfection, for the world and from his family. Yet during louisa's youth, the famous Alcott was her father, Bronson—an eminent teacher and a friend of Emerson and Thoreau. This story of bronson and louisa's tense yet loving relationship adds dimensions to Louisa's life, her work, and the relationships of fathers and daughters.

Louisa challenged him with her mercurial moods and yearnings for money and fame. Winner of the pulitzer Prize for BiographyLouisa May Alcott is known universally. The other prize she deeply coveted—her father's understanding—seemed hardest to win.



Yale University Press #ad - The result is a vivid and often very funny narrative of their travails, demonstrating the dilemmas and conflicts inherent to any utopian experiment and shedding light on a fascinating period of American history. This is the first definitive account of Fruitlands, one of history’s most unsuccessful—but most significant—utopian experiments.

But physical suffering and emotional conflict—particularly between Lane and Alcott’s wife, Abigail—made the community unsustainable. Drawing on the letters and diaries of those involved, Richard Francis explores the relationship between the complex philosophical beliefs held by Alcott, Lane, and their fellow idealists and their day-to-day lives.

Fruitlands #ad - . It was established in massachusetts in 1843 by bronson alcott whose ten-year-old daughter Louisa May, was among the members and an Englishman called Charles Lane, under the watchful gaze of Emerson, future author of Little Women, Thoreau, and other New England intellectuals. Alcott and lane developed their own version of the doctrine known as Transcendentalism, hoping to transform society and redeem the environment through a strict regime of veganism and celibacy.


The Complete Little Women: Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men, Jo's Boys

Classics4You #ad - It has been argued that within little Women one finds the first vision of the "All-American girl" and that her multiple aspects are embodied in the differing March sisters. But whatever the reason, generations of readers have loved these novels since they were first published. Whether it ever rises again, depends upon the reception given the first act of the domestic drama called Little Women.

The Complete Little Women: Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men, Jo's Boys #ad - It was an immediate commercial and critical success, and readers demanded to know more about the characters. The novels follow the lives of the four March sisters—Meg, Jo and Amy, Beth, each with a very different character. Louisa may alcott ended little women 1868 with the words “So the curtain falls upon Meg, Beth, Jo, and Amy.

Alcott quickly completed a second volume, Good Wives 1869, and later Little Men 1871and Jo’s Boys 1886.


The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

Simon & Schuster #ad - Almost forgotten today, the long siege of paris, the heroic American ambassador Elihu Washburne bravely remained at his post through the Franco-Prussian War, and the nightmare of the Commune. Another was charles sumner, whose encounters with black students at the Sorbonne inspired him to become the most powerful voice for abolition in the US Senate.

Friends james Fenimore Cooper and Samuel F. What they achieved would profoundly alter American history. Harriet beecher stowe traveled to Paris to escape the controversy generated by her book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. His vivid diary account of the starvation and suffering endured by the people of Paris is published here for the first time.

Telling their stories with power and intimacy, McCullough brings us into the lives of remarkable men and women who, in Saint-Gaudens’ phrase, longed “to soar into the blue. Elizabeth blackwell, the first female doctor in America, was one of this intrepid band. Morse worked unrelentingly every day in Paris, Morse not only painting what would be his masterpiece, but also bringing home his momentous idea for the telegraph.

The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris #ad - In the greater journey, and others who set off for paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, untold—story of the adventurous American artists, politicians, David McCullough tells the enthralling, inspiring—and until now, doctors, writers, hungry to learn and to excel in their work. The #1 bestseller that tells the remarkable story of the generations of american artists, fell in love with the city and its people, scientific, and artistic capital of the western world, and changed America through what they learned, told by America’s master historian, the intellectual, writers, and doctors who traveled to Paris, David McCullough.

Not all pioneers went west.


Eight Cousins with Biographical Introduction

Digireads.com #ad - Eight cousins" is one of Alcott's most loved tales and can be enjoyed by readers both young and old alike. Eight cousins" is a young girl's story to overcome the sadness of the loss of her father and the hardship of adapting to a new environment following that loss. It is the story of rose campbell who when her father dies is left orphaned and must go to live with her six Aunts and seven cousins.

Eight cousins" is Louisa May Alcott's classic children's tale.


A Blue and Gray Christmas Ladies of Covington series Book 9

Pocket Books #ad - After the war, they chose to stay in Covington, caring for their rescuer as she grew frail. A buried cache inspires the ladies of Covington to plan an unforgettable Christmas for two families forever changed by a long-ago war. A rusty old tin box holding nineteenth-century letters and diaries is unearthed at the Covington Homestead, and the contents reveal a thrilling drama to longtime housemates Grace, Amelia, and Hannah.

A Blue and Gray Christmas Ladies of Covington series Book 9 #ad - . And to make preparations for the most memorable, most historic Covington Christmas yet. Two civil war soldiers—one union and one Confederate—were found dying on a battlefield by an old woman and nursed back to health. What if she and her friends were to find the two soldiers’ descendants and invite them to Covington to meet? What better holiday gift could there be than the truth about these two heroic men and their dramatic shared fate? With little time left, the ladies spring into action to track down the men’s families.

But they never contacted the families they had left behind. With christmas coming, Amelia is inspired.