Louisa May Alcott: Work, Eight Cousins, Rose in Bloom, Stories & Other Writings: (Library of America #256)

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Pioneering feminist novels and rare stories from the author of Little Women: After the success of her beloved masterpiece Little Women, Louisa May Alcott brought her genius for characterization and eye for detail to a series of revolutionary novels and stories that are remarkable in their forthright assertion of women’s rights. This second volume of The Library of America’s Alcott edition gathers these works for the first time, revealing a fascinating and inspiring dimension of a classic American writer. The first of a trio of novels written over a fruitful three-year period, Work: A Story of Experience (1873) has been called the adult Little Women. It follows the semi-autobiographical story of an orphan named Christie Devon, who, having turned twenty-one, announces “a new Declaration of Independence” and leaves her uncle’s house in order to pursue economic self-sufficiency and to find fulfillment in her profession. Against the backdrop of the Civil War years, Christie works as a servant, actress, governess, companion, seamstress, and army nurse—all jobs that Alcott knew from personal experience—exposing the often insidious ways in which the employments conventionally available to women constrain their selfdetermination. Alcott’s most overtly feminist novel, Work breaks new ground in the literary representation of women, as its heroine pushes at the boundaries of nineteenth-century expectations and assumptions. Eight Cousins (1875) concerns the education of Rose Campbell, another orphan who, in her delicate nature and frail health, seems to embody many of the stereotypes of girlhood that shaped Alcott’s world. But with the benefit of an unorthodox, progressive education (one informed by the theories of Alcott’s transcendentalist father Bronson Alcott) and the good and bad examples of her many crisply drawn relations— especially her seven boy cousins—Rose regains her health and envisions a career both as a wife and mother and as a philanthropist. Further advancing Alcott’s passionate advocacy of women’s rights, Rose insists that she will manage her own fortune rather than find a husband to do it for her. This Library of America edition includes several noteworthy features. All three novels are presented with beautifully restored line art from the original editions and are supplemented by seven hard-to-find stories and public letters (two restored to print for the first time in more than a century), an authoritative chronology of Alcott’s life, and notes identifying her allusions, quotations, and the autobiographical episodes in her fiction.
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Louisa May Alcott’s charming tales of ‘Little Women’ have delighted readers across the world since their 1868 publication, but she was also an author of sensational thrillers, humorous plays and perceptive poetry. For the first time in publishing history, this comprehensive eBook presents the complete works of Louis May Alcott, with numerous illustrations, rare texts appearing in digital print for the first time, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 3)

* 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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CONTENTS:

The Little Women Series

The Novels
MOODS
LITTLE WOMEN
GOOD WIVES
AN OLD-FASHIONED GIRL
LITTLE MEN
WORK: A STORY OF EXPERIENCE
EIGHT COUSINS
ROSE IN BLOOM
A MODERN MEPHISTOPHELES
UNDER THE LILACS
JACK AND JILL
JO’S BOYS

The Short Story Collections
FLOWER FABLES
THE RIVAL PAINTERS
HOSPITAL SKETCHES
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
SPINNING-WHEEL 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

The Plays
COMIC TRAGEDIES

The Poetry
LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Non-Fiction
HOW I WENT OUT TO SERVICE
LITTLE WOMEN LETTERS FROM THE HOUSE OF ALCOTT

The Biography
LOUISA MAY ALCOTT: HER LIFE, LETTERS AND JOURNALS by Ednah D. Cheney

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Publisher
Library of America
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Published on
Aug 28, 2014
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Pages
900
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ISBN
9781598533583
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Biographical
Fiction / Classics
Fiction / Family Life
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