Invincible Louisa

Invincible Louisa

The Story of the Author of Little Women

Book - 1968
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Publisher: Boston ; Toronto : Little, Brown, [1968]
Branch Call Number: LPLB850612184611
Characteristics: xi, 195 p.:,ill., ports.;,25 cm.

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IndyPL_SteveB Nov 02, 2018

A fine children’s biography of Louisa May Alcott, famous for *Little Women*.

Most of Alcott’s life was lived in philosophical richness and physical poverty. Her father was the brilliant but under-appreciated educational philosopher Bronson Alcott. The family had close friendships with the upper end of Massachusetts literary society and educational philosophy in the middle of the century: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Theodore Parker, and Elizabeth Peabody. But Bronson Alcott was a terrible businessman and the entire family suffered greatly until Louisa’s eventual writing success. One of the formative “adventures” of Alcott’s life was the month she spent working in a Union hospital during the Civil War. She contracted typhoid fever and spent several months in danger of dying; but her letters home were published in newspapers and gave Louisa her first taste of success when they were published in book form.

Her publisher didn’t much like *Little Women* but was smart enough to test it out on his daughter and several of her friends. When they all raved about it he decided to publish it and insisted that Alcott take royalties for it rather than a straight payment. That was wise since *Little Women* became one of the best-selling books of the 19th Century and has been called the first realistic children’s novel.

Lovestoread5 Jul 30, 2018

A superb indepth look (bio) on Louisa May Alcott and her family's life. They were very close to one another to the end of their days. Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau are featured as well, which was a nice surprise. For example, Emerson was a close family friend who helped the family out in many ways until his death. It's gratifying to know that in her short life, she accomplished what she set out to do.

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