The Story of Louisa May Alcott

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This book is for middle readers, and though it was published in the 50’s, any child who enjoyed Louisa May Alcott’s books (e.g. Little Women and Little Men) would enjoy reading about the author’s life. This book does a fine job of depicting Alcott’s early life, and draws parallels between her and her character Jo March. Alcott was clearly a tomboy, and took much pride in the fact. We see the influence her own childhood had on the characters in her stories, with she and her sisters putting on plays, writing a ‘newspaper’, etc. We also learn that the Alcotts were almost always quite poor, often depending on the charity of their friends. Because of this, they had to move frequently. Even though Alcott is depicted as something of a heroine as in her own books, the book does not avoid mentioning the hard times and illnesses that the family suffered.

** The library’s copy of this book is missing the cover, so the image shown here won’t match our copy.**

Additional information

Format

Hardback

Publication Date

1955

Publisher

Grosset & Dunlap

Writer

Joan Howard