Author(s): Louisa May Alcott
Recognized as one of the best-loved classic children's stories of all time, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is an utterly beguiling novel which tells the story of the courageous and ingenious March sisters; Jo, the independent tomboy; Beth, who is delicate and loving; pretty and kind Meg; and beautiful, precocious Amy, the baby of the family. Their devoted mother Marmee, recently impoverished, must care for them alone whilst their father is away serving as a chaplain in the Civil War. This Macmillan Collector's Library edition includes the sequel, Good Wives, which picks up the girls' stories three years on, and features an afterword by publisher Anna South.
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Louisa May Alcott was born in Pennsylvania in 1832, the second of four daughters to the philosopher Amos Bronson Alcott, and she died in 1888 at the age of fifty-six. She was educated at home and went on to become a schoolteacher in Boston. Her first book, Flower Fables, was published when she was twenty-two, but she interrupted her career as a writer to nurse soldiers at a Washington hospital during the Civil War. Her most enduring book, Little Women, was published in 1868, and was an instant success. Her other books include Little Men and Jo's Boys.