Introduction by Susan Cheever
Commentary by G. K. Chesterton, Katherine Fullerton Gerould, and Madeleine B. Stern
It is no surprise that "Little Women, "the adored classic of four devoted sisters, was loosely based on Louisa May Alcott's own life. In fact, Alcott drew from her own personality to create a heroine unlike any seen before: Jo, willful, headstrong, and undoubtedly the backbone of the March family. Follow the sisters from innocent adolescence to sage adulthood, with all the joy and sorrow of life in between, and fall in love with them and this endearing story. Praised by Madeleine Stern as "a book on the American home, and hence universal in its appeal," "Little Women "has been an avidly read tale for generations. This Modern Library edition includes notes that offer more description and insight than those of previous editions.
Includes a Modern Library Reading Group Guide.
About the Author
Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) won international renown with the publishing of Little Women and its sequel, Good Wives. Her works include An Old Fashioned Girl, Eight Cousins and Jack and Jill. Alcott grew up in Concord, Massachusetts, where her family befriended such literary greats as Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Susan Cheever is the author of both nonfiction and fiction works, including "My Name is Bill, Note Found in a Bottle, As Good As I Could Be, Home Before Dark", and "Treetops". .
"The American female myth."