Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott

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Susan Cheever's comprehensive and definitive biography sheds new light on of life of Louisa May Alcott, whose work has inspired generations of women. Cheever laces this provocative biography with musings on the genesis of genius, and her identification with Jo March when she was a rebellious girl in the throes of puberty.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2010
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781416569916
Branch Call Number: 813.4 CH
Characteristics: xv, 298 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm


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AndreaG_KCMO Jul 29, 2020

I was a Little Women super-fan as a child and still reach for it when I want a hit of nostalgia. Cheever's biography is the opposite of nostalgic; it presents the grim experiences of an impoverished family with unconventional ideals living in a very conventional social reality. The biographer reminds the reader that while Louisa fashioned her most successful book from snippets of her childhood, she was certainly not Jo March, and the Alcott family was not the March family.

Jan 30, 2015

To think that I discovered this book because of a mistake in a Listener crossword recently! I have been intending to read Little Women again for quite some time to see whether or not I should give it to my granddaughter to read. One's tastes and the appeal of writing styles change in perspective over the years. I now have a view of a Louisa May Alcott I had never thought about even though I realized she had connections with the Civil War in America. Susan Cheever comes from a literary family. This book is fascinating and full of information. Not easy to read because of her discursive style but a worthy contribution from her 21st century view point to the biographical information on Louisa May Alcott and her family..

Feb 07, 2012

I agree with "sixtyfive"...except my main complaint is that it is not nearly as well-written as "American Bloomsbury". I think that the format of the longer biography leads her into some pretty uninteresting filler. HOWEVER, do read "American Bloomsbury". It doesn't have these flaws. And Bronson Alcott really was strange...and must have been absolute hell to live with.

May 12, 2011

The author has chosen to sidetrack the topic. She goes on and on about Alcott's strange father Bronson primarily discussing what other biographers have written. I wanted to know more about Louisa May Alcott quickly into the book.
Well written but b-o-r-i-n-g


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