Wednesday, September 30, 2009

This Day In History: "Little Women"

One of the most celebrated books by a woman author -- and most beloved by young female readers -- is Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. Today marks the publication anniversary of this novel, which was first released in 1868. Think of Alcott as one of the grandmothers of the "chick lit" genre!

Little Women tells the tale of the March sisters: Jo, Beth, Amy and Meg. They come of age as the country engages in the Civil War, during which their father serves as chaplain for the army. The novel was actually published in two parts (the first in 1868), and was such a success that the second part was published the following year.

The characters in this novel were featured in other books by Alcott, including Little Men and Jo's Boys. Many adaptations have been made of Little Women, including movies, plays and musicals.

If you're interested in knowing more about Alcott or want to read her books, here are some relevant resources at the NCC Libraries.

American Bloomsbury: Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau: Their Lives, Their Loves, Their Work

by Susan Cheever
PS 255 .C6 C48 2006 Stacks

Beyond Little Women: A Story About Louisa May Alcott

by Susan Bivin Aller
E-BOOK Online

Little Women [DVD]
starring Katharine Hepburn
PS 1016 .L57 2001 Media Tower (shelved with fiction DVDs)

The Blind Lark

by Louisa May Alcott
E-BOOK Online

Scarlet Stockings

by Louisa May Alcott
E-BOOK Online

Flower Fables

by Louisa May Alcott
E-BOOK Online

Little Women and Good Wives

by Louisa May Alcott
E-BOOK Online

Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott
PZ 7 .A335 LI64 Young Adult (also available online as an e-book)

Photo credit:

"Alcott, Louisa May." Encyclopædia Britannica Online. JPEG file. Web. 15
Sept. 2009

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