Children's books, Christmas, fiction, Young Adult

Books by Louisa May Alcott in Our Collection including Little Women.

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Loved by generations of women worldwide, Little Women is a truly universal coming of age story. Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, the story follows sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March on their journey from childhood to adulthood. With the help of their mother, Marmee, and while their father is away at war, the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman: from sibling rivalry and first love, to loss and marriage.

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Louisa May Alcott (November 29, 1832 – March 6, 1888) was an American novelist and poet best known as the author of the novel Little Women (1868) and its sequels Little Men (1871) and Jo’s Boys (1886). Raised by her transcendentalist parents, Abigail May and Amos Bronson Alcott in New England, she also grew up among many of the well-known intellectuals of the day such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Alcott’s family was suffering a lot of financial difficulties, and while she worked to help support the family from an early age, she also sought an outlet in writing. She began to receive critical success for her writing in the 1860s. Early in her career, she sometimes used the pen name A. M. Barnard, under which she wrote novels for young adults that focused on spies, revenge, and cross dressers.

Published in 1868, Little Women is set in the Alcott family home, Orchard House, in Concord, Massachusetts and is loosely based on Alcott’s childhood experiences with her three sisters. The novel was very well received and is still a popular children’s novel today, filmed several times.

Alcott was an abolitionist and a feminist and remained unmarried throughout her life. She died from a stroke, two days after her father died, in Boston on March 6, 1888.

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Check out a bit of what we have available in our catalog!


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Pfeffer, Susan Beth, 1948-
New York : Delacorte Press, c1997.


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Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888.
[Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 2009.


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Pfeffer, Susan Beth, 1948-
New York, N.Y. : Delacorte Press, 1997.


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Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888.
[Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 2009.


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Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888.
[Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 2013.


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Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888.
New York : Aladdin Paperbacks, 24 cm.


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Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888.
New York : Sterling Pub., 2004.


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Donnelly, Gabrielle.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2011.


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Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888.
New York : Harper Children’s Audio, p2007.


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Aller, Susan Bivin.
Minneapolis : Carolrhoda Books, c2004.


Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888.
Chicago, IL : Children’s Pr., c1986


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Reisen, Harriet.
New York : Henry Holt, 2009.


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Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888.
New York : Dutton Books, c1997.


Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888.
Avenel, NJ : Gramercy Books, 1995.

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Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888.
New York : Random House, c1995.


Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888.
Mahwah, N.J. : Bridgewater Books, c1993.


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Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888.
New York : Bantam Books, 1995.


Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888.
Garfield Heights : Duke Classics, 2012.


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