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A Hopeful Heart: Louisa May Alcott Before Little Women



by
Deborah Noyes

Edition
Library edition with trade jacket added
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Schwartz & Wade
ISBN
9780525646242
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How did Little Women— the beloved literary classic and inspiration for Greta Gerwig’s acclaimed feature film adaptation—come to be? This stunning biography explores the unique family and unusual circumstances of literary icon Louisa May Alcott.

Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. How did these cherished characters come to be? Louisa May Alcott, the author of one of the most famous "girl" books of all time, was anything but a well-mannered young lady. A tomboy as well as a ravenous reader, Louisa took comfort in fictional characters that were as passionate and willful as she was–and whose wild imaginations were a match for her own. She was often found roaming the woods near her home in Concord, Massachusetts, or exploring the natural world in the company of the great Transcendentalist thinkers Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. Here is a beautiful portrait of Louisa May Alcott, a woman influenced by her father, a penniless philosopher, her mother, with whom she shared a great connection, and, of course, her three sisters. Featuring unique indigo illustrations, Deborah Noyes unveils how Louisa’s natural spirit, loving family, and unconventional circumstances inspired the timeless masterpiece that is Little Women.Epilogue. Bibliography. Notes. Index. Indigo photographs and reproductions.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

304

Trim Size

6" x 9"

Dewey

B

AR

0: points 0

Lexile

1180L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Dec 2020

Book Genres

Narrative Nonfiction

Topics

Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888). American women authors. Nineteenth-century US history. Concord, Massachusetts. Family life. Transcendentalism. Radicalism in America.

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