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Little women : an annotated edition / Louisa May Alcott ; edited by Daniel Shealy.

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Erlanger Branch ALCOT L (Text) 33126024027157 Adult Fiction Checked out 12/16/2020

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  • ISBN: 9780674059719 (alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 0674059719 (alk. paper)
  • Physical Description: xi, 614 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
  • Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, c2013.

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"In this richly annotated, illustrated edition, Daniel Shealy illuminates the novel's deep engagement with issues such as social equality, reform movements, the Civil War, friendship, love, loss, and of course the passage into adulthood. The editor provides running commentary on biographic contexts, social and historical contexts, literary allusions, and words likely to cause difficulty to modern readers. With Shealy as a guide, we appreciate anew the confusions and difficulties that beset the March sisters as they overcome their burdens and journey toward maturity and adulthood. This edition examines the novel's central question: How does one grow up well?-- Book jacket.
Subject: March family (Fictitious characters) > Fiction.
Mothers and daughters > Fiction.
Young women > Fiction.
Sisters > Fiction.
Genre: Domestic fiction.
Autobiographical fiction.

  • Baker & Taylor
    Chronicles the joys and sorrows of the four March sisters as they grow into young ladies in nineteenth-century New England, in an annotated edition that looks at the work in biographical, social, and historical contexts.
  • Harvard University Press

    Little Women has delighted and instructed readers for generations. For many, it is a favorite book first encountered in childhood or adolescence. Championed by Gertrude Stein, Simone de Beauvoir, Theodore Roosevelt, and J. K. Rowling, it is however much more than the “girls’ book” intended by Alcott’s first publisher. In this richly annotated, illustrated edition, Daniel Shealy illuminates the novel’s deep engagement with issues such as social equality, reform movements, the Civil War, friendship, love, loss, and of course the passage into adulthood.

    The editor provides running commentary on biographical contexts (Did Alcott, like Jo, have a “mood pillow”?), social and historical contexts (When may a lady properly decline a gentleman’s invitation to dance?), literary allusions (Who is Mrs. Malaprop?), and words likely to cause difficulty to modern readers (What is a velvet snood? A pickled lime?). With Shealy as a guide, we appreciate anew the confusions and difficulties that beset the March sisters as they overcome their burdens and journey toward maturity and adulthood: beautiful, domestic-minded Meg, doomed and forever childlike Beth, selfish Amy, and irrepressible Jo. This edition examines the novel’s central question: How does one grow up well?

    Little Women: An Annotated Edition offers something for everyone. It will delight both new and returning readers, young and old, male and female alike, who will want to own and treasure this beautiful edition full of color illustrations and photographs.

  • Harvard University Press
    More than a delightful girls’ book, this richly annotated and illustrated edition of Little Women will instruct new and returning readers, young and old. Alcott scholar Daniel Shealy illuminates the novel’s engagement with social equality, reform movements, the Civil War, friendship, love, loss, and the central question: How does one grow up well?

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