Introduction by Susan CheeverCommentary 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) is a much beloved author of American literature, in particular the Little Women trilogy, centered on the semiautobiographical March family (Little Women, Little Men, and Jo s Boys). Best known in her time for Little Women, An Old-Fashioned Girl, and Little Men, her obituary in the New York Times declared, There was probably no writer among women better loved by the young than she.
"The American female myth."—Madelon Bedell