The March sisters are four of the most beloved characters in literature. Beautiful and proper Meg, headstrong Jo, gentle Beth, pampered little Amy—generations of young women have recognized themselves in one or more of the devoted siblings. Set against the backdrop of the Civil War and the changing seasons of New England, the story of their passage from adolescence to adulthood, from a Christmas without presents to a glorious fall day in a bountiful apple orchard, from castles in the air to real-life hearths and homes, is just as touching and illuminating today as it was a century and a half ago.
Based on Louisa May Alcott’s own childhood and early career as a writer, Little Women is her masterpiece and one of the most popular novels of all time.
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Popular for over a century, Alcott’s series still holds universal appeal with its powerful and affectionate depiction of family—the haven where the prodigal can always return, adversity is shared, and our dreams of being cherished, despite our flaws, come true. In this edition of Jo’s Boys, readers once again experience a treasured classic by one of America’s best-loved writers.
Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott. The novel follows the lives of four sisters Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March detailing their passage from childhood to womanhood, and is loosely based on the author and her three sisters.
The classic story of the March family, Little Women has been adored for generations. Now in a vibrant new deluxe edition with an introduction by Jane Smiley and a cover by Julie Doucet, the novel follows the lives of four sisters-tomboyish Jo, beautiful Meg, fragile Beth, and romantic Amy-as they come of age while their father is fighting in the Civil War. Since 1868, readers have rooted for Laurie in his pursuit of Jo's hand, cried over the family's tragedy, and dreamed of traveling through Europe with old Aunt March and Amy. In this simple, enthralling tale, Louisa May Alcott has created four of American literature's most beloved women.
From the Paperback edition.
This edition of Little Women includes a Foreword, Biographical Note, and Afterword by Jane Yolen.
Living in poverty, their father gone to war, the March girls have only their mother--and themselves...
Meg's romantic, energetic, ready to start a family of her own; Beth's introspective, peaceful, afraid of everything except her dolls and music; Amy's beautiful, artistic, determined to live among the rich and famous; Jo's arrogant, hot-tempered, funny, a writer who keeps pet rats and detests being a girl.
They love each other, hate each other, fight with, scold, nag, tease, and protect each other, through days of joyous triumph and dark tragedy. For each girl, in her heart, knows she has something more precious than money: Sisters.
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Set ten years after ‘Little Men’, ‘Jo’s Boys’ is the final novel in the unofficial series that follows the ups and downs of the March family.
The Plumfield boys – including rebellious Dan, sailor Emil and promising musician Nat – are now grown up, and finding their places in the world. As they deal with the challenges of growing up, finding careers and falling in love, Jo remains at the heart of the family, steady in her love for her ‘boys’ as she steers them through young adulthood, and even murder.
Here is a charming and bittersweet conclusion to the story of a family first introduced to us in ‘Little Women’.
A Merry Christmas collects the treasured holiday tales of Louisa May Alcott, from the dearly familiar Yuletide benevolence of Marmee and her “little women” to the timeless “What Love Can Do,” wherein the residents of a boarding house come together to make a lovely Christmas for two poor girls. Wildly popular at the time of their publication—readers deluged Alcott with letters demanding sequels—and drawing on Alcott’s family and experiences in the abolitionist and women’s suffrage movements, these stories have the authentic texture and detail of Christmas in nineteenth-century America, while their emphasis on generosity and charity make them timeless embodiments of the Christmas spirit.
Penguin Christmas Classics
Give the gift of literature this Christmas.
Penguin Christmas Classics honor the power of literature to keep on giving through the ages. The five volumes in the series are not only our most beloved Christmas tales, they also have given us much of what we love about the holiday itself. A Christmas Carol revived in Victorian England such Christmas hallmarks as the Christmas tree, holiday cards, and caroling. The Yuletide yarns of Anthony Trollope popularized throughout the British Empire and around the world the trappings of Christmas in London. The holiday tales of Louisa May Alcott shaped the ideal of an American Christmas. The Night Before Christmas brought forth some of our earliest Christmas traditions as passed down through folk tales. And The Nutcracker inspired the most famous ballet in history, one seen by millions in the twilight of every year.
Collect all five Penguin Christmas Classics:
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Christmas at Thompson Hall: And Other Christmas Stories by Anthony Trollope
A Merry Christmas: And Other Christmas Stories by Louisa May Alcott
The Night Before Christmas by Nikolai Gogol
The Nutcracker by E. T. A. Hoffmann
Pretty Meg, tomboy Jo, shy Beth, and vain Amy, the four March sisters, are as different as sisters can be, but more devoted and loyal sisters you'll never find. For though the March girls fight, tease, nag, and scold as all sisters do, they do so with the knowledge that nothing is as precious as a sister's love. Discover the magic of family in the first part of this classic novel cherished by young girls everywhere.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Written by the beloved author of Little Women, Eight Cousins is a masterpiece of children's literature. This endearing novel offers readers of all ages an inspiring story about growing up, making friends, and facing life with strength and kindness.
Eight Cousins was published in 1875 and it is one of the few novels, if not the only one, where Alcott concentrates on one character. The protagonist of Eight Cousins is Rose Campbell.
Some of Alcott’s feminist ideals come through in Eight Cousins, as they do to some degree in all her novels. Rose is allowed to choose clothing that is healthier and less restrictive than the typical Victorian garb for girls and women. Alcott also has Rose learn a skill – albeit one that is traditional for women – housekeeping. She learns how to perform domestic chores with skill and efficiency. Rose is transformed from a timid orphan girl to an educated competent young woman in the course of one year.
This annotated edition includes a biography and critical essay.
* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Alcott's life and works
* Concise introductions to the novels and other texts
* ALL 12 novels published under Alcott’s name, with individual contents tables
* Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Famous works such as LITTLE WOMEN are fully illustrated with their original artwork
* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry and the short stories
* Easily locate the poems or short stories you want to read
* Includes Alcott's letters - spend hours exploring the author’s personal correspondence
* Includes many rare sensation thrillers that Alcott wrote under the pen name A. M. Barnard, appearing here for the first time in digital print
* Also includes Alcott’s complete poems for the first time in digital publishing
* Rare non-fiction works, including Alcott’s memoir HOW I WENT OUT TO SERVICE
* Features the bonus biography by Alcott enthusiast Ednah D. Cheney - discover Alcott's literary life
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
* UPDATED with completely revised texts, rare poems and stories and many improvements.
Please note: the two obscure novels A LONG FATAL LOVE CHASE and THE INHERITANCE are still held under copyright and cannot appear in this collection. When they enter the public domain they will be added to the collection as a free update.
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The Little Women Series
AN OLD-FASHIONED GIRL
WORK: A STORY OF EXPERIENCE
ROSE IN BLOOM
A MODERN MEPHISTOPHELES
UNDER THE LILACS
JACK AND JILL
The Short Story Collections
THE RIVAL PAINTERS
ON PICKET DUTY AND OTHER TALES
MORNING-GLORIES, AND OTHER STORIES
WILL’S WONDER BOOK
AUNT JO’S SCRAP-BAG SERIES 1-6
PROVERB STORIES; OR, KITTY’S CLASS DAY AND OTHER STORIES
LULU’S LIBRARY SERIES 1-3
SILVER PITCHERS: AND INDEPENDENCE
A GARLAND FOR GIRLS
THE CANDY COUNTRY
THE ‘A. M. BARNARD’ THRILLERS
The Short Stories
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
HOW I WENT OUT TO SERVICE
LITTLE WOMEN LETTERS FROM THE HOUSE OF ALCOTT
LOUISA MAY ALCOTT: HER LIFE, LETTERS AND JOURNALS by Ednah D. Cheney
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