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1001 Little Women
Added on 09th September 2020

Author Louisa May Alcott
First published 1868
Publisher Roberts Brothers, USA

A well-loved classic story of growing up and finding one's place in the world.

Story

Meet the Marches: Meg the beauty, Jo the tom-boy, Amy the artist and Beth the angel. A beloved classic for almost two centuries, Louisa May Alcott’s heart-warming story of a family during the American Civil war holds many truths for a modern audience. Infused with motherly lessons, sisterly squabbles, falling in love, fearing change, and questioning one’s place in society there is something that every reader can connect to. So grab a cup of cocoa and settle in for a beautiful ride with the Marches as they grow from child to woman.

Why we chose it

A much-loved classic, the March sisters have captured the hearts of readers for over 150 years.

Where it came from

Often labelled a semi-autobiographic novel, Louisa May Alcott modelled many elements of her own life and family in Little Women. Alcott took many events of the time, notably the American Civil war, and used them as the background of her story.

Where it went next

Little Women received many awards but has endured the test of time due to its quiet relatability and the real and imperfect characters. Because of this, it has been adapted for both the screen and stage numerous times over the years. The most recent film, directed by Greta Gerwig, was released 25 December 2019. Many modern authors cite Little Women as a favourite or inspirational book – and even Joey from American sitcom Friends falls in love with the story in an episode from 1997.

Associated stories

Louisa May Alcott went on to publish dozens of other books including three more stories about the Marches, Good Wives (1869- now often published with Little Women as one title), Little Men (1871) and Jo’s Boys (1886) and other family classics such as Eight Cousins (1875) and its sequel Rose in Bloom (1876).

Added on 09th September 2020

Author Louisa May Alcott
First published 1868
Publisher Roberts Brothers, USA