Little Women

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The Complete Little Women Series: Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men, Jo's Boys (4 books in one) Publisher's Summary

Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888).

The book was written and set in the Alcott family home, Orchard House, in Concord, Massachusetts. It was published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. The novel follows the lives of four sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March – and is loosely based on the author's childhood experiences with her three sisters. The first volume, Little Women, was an immediate commercial and critical success, prompting the composition of the book's second volume, entitled Good Wives, which was also successful. Both books were first published as a single volume entitled Little Women in 1880. Alcott followed Little Women with two sequels, also featuring the March sisters: Little Men (1871) and Jo's Boys (1886).

Little Women was a fiction novel for girls that veered from the normal writings for children, especially girls, at the time. Little Women has three major themes:” domesticity, work, and true love. All of them are interdependent and each is necessary to the achievement of a heroine's individual identity.

Little Women itself “has been read as a romance or as a quest, or both. It has been read as a family drama that validates virtue over wealth.” Little Women has been read “as a means of escaping that life by women who knew its gender constraints only too well.” Alcott “combines many conventions of the sentimental novel with crucial ingredients of Romantic children's fiction, creating a new form of which Little Women is a unique model.” Elbert argued that within Little Women can be found the first vision of the “American Girl” and that her multiple aspects are embodied in the differing March sisters.

Little Men, or Life at Plumfield with Jo's Boys is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott, first published in 1871. The novel reprises characters from Little Women and is considered by some the second book of an unofficial Little Women trilogy, which is completed with Alcott's 1886 novel Jo's Boys, and How They Turned Out: A Sequel to "Little Men". Little Men tells the story of Jo Bhaer and the children at Plumfield Estate School. The book was inspired by the death of Alcott's brother-in-law, which reveals itself in one of the last chapters, when a beloved character from Little Women passes away.

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    • The Complete Little Women Series: Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men, Jo's Boys (4 books in one)

    • By: Louisa May Alcott
    • Narrated by: Catherine O'Brien
    • Length: 37 hrs and 23 mins
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    Little Women itself “has been read as a romance or as a quest, or both. It has been read as a family drama that validates virtue over wealth.” Little Women has been read “as a means of escaping that life by women who knew its gender constraints only too well.” Alcott “combines many conventions of the sentimental novel with crucial ingredients of Romantic children's fiction, creating a new form of which Little Women is a unique model.”

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    • Family Classic

    • By Kerrie on 13-05-2015

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    • Little Women (AmazonClassics Edition)

    • By: Louisa May Alcott
    • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
    • Length: 18 hrs and 32 mins
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    As a New England mother struggles to support her family in the wake of her husband's service in the Civil War, her four daughters struggle, too - caught between childhood dreams and the realities of burgeoning adulthood. For Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March, raised in integrity and virtue, negotiating the right path in life means making choices that will either narrow or expand their destinies.

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    • A great listen!

    • By Anonymous User on 28-12-2018

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    • Little Women

    • By: Louisa May Alcott
    • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
    • Length: 18 hrs and 29 mins
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    Louisa May Alcott’s heartwarming tale of the indelible bond between sisters. This treasured novel, drawn in part from Louisa May Alcott's personal experience, brings to life the provincial yet abundantly full lives of the March sisters. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy manage to lead an interesting existence despite their father's absence at war and their family's lack of money. Whether they're putting on a play or forming a secret society, their gaiety is infectious. This novel is part of Brilliance Audio's extensive Classic Collection, bringing you timeless masterpieces that you and your family are sure to love.

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    • Little Women, Special Edition

    • By: Louisa May Alcott, Ashley Fontainne, Lillian Hansen
    • Narrated by: Andrea Emmes
    • Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
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    Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) that was originally published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. Alcott wrote the books rapidly over several months at the request of her publisher. The novel follows the lives of four sisters - Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March - detailing their passage from childhood to womanhood and is loosely based on the author and her three sisters. This special edition celebrating the 150th year since publication includes excerpts from "Louisa May Alcott, Her Life, Letters, and Journals" and "Little Women" part one and two.

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    • Little Women

    • By: Louisa May Alcott
    • Narrated by: Andrea Emmes
    • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
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    Little Women, set in the 19th century follows the lives of four sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March as they live, learn, love, and grow as young pilgrims and blossom into fine little women. Based on the author's childhood, Little Women is one of the most beloved stories in American literature. It continues to touch listeners both young and old. Alcott takes you on a prolific journey which will make your heart swell, your soul laugh, and your heart ache as we experience the lives of the March sisters as they endure their lessons, scrapes, castles in the air, their romances, and more.

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    • Siri Reads Little Women

    • By Olivia Freeman on 11-10-2016

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    • Little Women

    • By: Louisa May Alcott
    • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
    • Length: 19 hrs and 37 mins
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    Most people know this book from the Academy Award-winning motion picture starring Winona Ryder. Now, introduce them to the sparkling American classic behind the movie: a charming portrait of the joys and hardships of the four sisters in Civil War New England. Separated by the war from their beloved parents, these "little women" struggle to find their place in the world.

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    • Little Women

    • By: Louisa May Alcott, Dove Audio - producer
    • Narrated by: Jamie Lee Curtis
    • Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
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    The March family lives in a small New England community. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March are raised in genteel poverty by their loving mother, Marmee, while their father serves as chaplain during the American Civil War. Jo, at 15, is ungainly, unconventional, and enterprising, with an ambition to be an author. Meg, a year older, is pretty and wishes to be a lady. Beth is a delicate child of 13, with a taste for music. Amy is a blonde beauty of 12.

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    • Little Women

    • By: Louisa May Alcott
    • Narrated by: Victoria Mcgee
    • Length: 20 hrs and 10 mins
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    Little Women follows the lives of four sisters - Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March - and is loosely based on the author's childhood experiences with her three sisters. The book was an immediate commercial and critical success. Little Women has three major themes: domesticity, work, and true love. It has been made into innumerable adaptations for stage and screen and is an American classic.

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    • Little Women

    • By: Louisa May Alcott
    • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
    • Length: 17 hrs and 11 mins
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    It is no secret that Alcott based Little Women on her own early life. While her father, the free-thinking reformer and abolitionist Bronson Alcott, hobnobbed with such eminent male authors as Emerson, Thoreau, and Hawthorne, Louisa supported herself and her sisters with "woman’s work."

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    • Genius Burns

    • By Dandylion on 25-01-2014

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    • Little Women

    • (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
    • By: Louisa May Alcott, Jane Smiley (introduction)
    • Narrated by: Christina Ricci
    • Length: 19 hrs and 2 mins
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    Little Women is recognized as one of the best-loved classic children's stories, transcending the boundaries of time and age, making it as popular with adults as it is with young listeners. The beloved story of the March girls is a classic American feminist novel, reflecting the tension between cultural obligation and artistic and personal freedom.

    But which of the four March sisters to love best? For every listener must have their favorite. Independent, tomboyish Jo; delicate, loving Beth; pretty, kind Meg; or precocious and beautiful Amy, the baby of the family?

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    • Little Women

    • By: Louisa May Alcott
    • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
    • Length: 18 hrs and 29 mins
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    Generations of readers young and old, male and female, have fallen in love with the March sisters of this, Louisa May Alcott's most popular and enduring novel. Here are talented tomboy and author-to-be Jo, tragically frail Beth, beautiful Meg, and romantic, spoiled Amy - united in their devotion to each other and their struggles to survive in New England during the Civil War.

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    • Little Women

    • By: Louisa May Alcott
    • Narrated by: Rebecca Burns
    • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
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    Little Women is the story of a wife and her four daughters living in genteel poverty in the environs of Boston while the father is away as a chaplain in the Union Army during the Civil War.

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    • Little Women

    • By: Louisa May Alcott
    • Narrated by: Flo Gibson
    • Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
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    The dreams, pranks, misfortunes, and courtships of the March girls form a charming family portrait.

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    • Little Women

    • By: Louisa May Alcott
    • Narrated by: Lee Ann Howlett, Amanda Friday, P. J. Morgan, and others
    • Length: 18 hrs and 37 mins
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    First published in 1869, Little Women is the story of four sisters growing up against the background of the American Civil War. Alcott wrote the book at the urging of the publisher, Thomas Niles, who was seeking a story about girls that would have popular appeal. Although it was commenced essentially as a children's book, it developed into something of a bildungsroman, which touches on more serious issues such as the difficulties faced by single-parent families, the death of a sibling, and fractured relationships.

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    • Little Women

    • By: Louisa May Alcott
    • Narrated by: C. M. Hébert
    • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
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    This favorite book for children, based on the author's own youthful experiences, describes the family life of the Marches in a small New England community. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy are raised in genteel poverty by their loving mother, Marmee, while their father serves as a chaplain during the Civil War. The story explores their domestic adventures, their attempts to increase the family's income, their friendship with the neighboring Laurence family, and their later love affairs and destinies as women.

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    • Little Women

    • By: Louisa May Alcott
    • Narrated by: Anna Koval
    • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
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    Come laugh and cry with the March family. Meg - the sweet-tempered one. Jo - the smart one. Beth - the shy one. Amy - the sassy one. Together they're the March sisters. Their father is away at war and times are difficult, but the bond between the sisters is strong. The family may not have much money, but that doesn't stop them from creating their own fun and forming a secret society. Through sisterly squabbles, happy times and sad, their four lives follow very different paths, and they discover that growing up is sometimes very hard to do....

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    • Little Women & Little Men

    • By: Louisa May Alcott
    • Narrated by: Susie Berneis
    • Length: 29 hrs and 26 mins
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    Little Women - Based loosely on Louisa May Alcott's own upbringing, this American classic follows the lives of four sisters - Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March. Each girl has a vision of what their ideal future will bring, but each ultimately experiences, as most young people do, something completely different. Little Men - Now married, Jo couldn't be happier. Along with her husband, she operates the Plumfield Estate School. Plumfield is a haven for poor orphans and is attended by 12 adopted boys, as well as Jo's own two sons.

    Non-member price: $39.00

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    • Good Wives

    • By: Louisa May Alcott
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
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    Good Wives continues the story of the Little Women, the March sisters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, as they approach womanhood. Meg longs to begin her new life with John Brook, though they can never be rich; Jo returns to devote herself to literature, and to Beth, whose illness has left her weak but whose serenity shines through the household; and Amy has gone to Aunt March, bribed with the offer of drawing lessons.

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    • Good Wives

    • By: Louisa May Alcott
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
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    Good Wives continues the story of the Little Women, the March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, as they approach womanhood. Meg longs to begin her new life with John Brook, though they can never be rich; Jo returns to devote herself to literature, and to Beth, whose illness has left her weak but whose serenity shines through the household; and Amy has gone to Aunt March, bribed with the offer of drawing lessons. Laurie remains irrepressible, with his high spirits and sense of fun, though his pursuit of Jo’s affections seems unlikely to succeed....

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    • Good Wives

    • By: Louisa May Alcott
    • Narrated by: C. M. Hébert
    • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
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    Three years after the close of Little Women, the March girls and their friend Laurie are young adults with only their futures to find. Along the way, they all face painful trials, from Meg's difficult lessons in housekeeping to Laurie's heartbreak in a love tragedy. Each of the girls finds happiness, but not always in the ways they expect.

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