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  • Published: 22 October 2014
  • ISBN: 9781598533064
  • Imprint: Library of America
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 912
  • RRP: $55.00
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Louisa May Alcott

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


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All three novels are presented with art from the original editions and supplemented by seven rare stories and public letters – two restored to print for the first time in more than a century – as well as notes identifying the many allusions, quotations, and autobiographical episodes.

After the success of Little Women, Louisa May Alcott brought her genius for characterization and eye for detail to a series of revolutionary novels and stories remarkable for their forthright assertion of women's rights.  In the largely autobiographical Work: A Story of Experience, twenty-one-year-old orphan Christie Devon announces 'a new Declaration of Independence' and pursues economic self-sufficiency through a variety of jobs: servant, actress, governess, companion, and seamstress, among others.  Eight Cousins and its sequel Rose in Bloom follow the fate of Rose Campbell, another orphan, who with the benefit of a progressive education charts her own course to fulfilment and love. All three novels are presented with art from the original editions and supplemented by seven rare stories and public letters – two restored to print for the first time in more than a century – as well as notes identifying the many allusions, quotations, and autobiographical episodes.
 
 

  • Pub date: 22 October 2014
  • ISBN: 9781598533064
  • Imprint: Library of America
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 912
  • RRP: $55.00

About the Author

Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott was born on 29 November 1832 in Pennsylvania. Her father was friends with Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry Thoreau. Alcott started selling stories in order to help provide financial support for her family. Her first book was Flower Fables (1854). She worked as a nurse during the American Civil War and in 1863 she published Hospital Sketches, which was based on her experiences. Little Women was published in 1868 and was based on her life growing up with her three sisters. She followed it with three sequels, Good Wives (1869), Little Men (1871) and Jo's Boys (1886) and she also wrote other books for both children and adults. Louisa May Alcott was an abolitionist and a campaigner for women's rights. She died on 6 March 1888.

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