It was also successful.
The two volumes were issued in in a single work entitled Little Women. Alcott wrote two sequels to her popular work, both of which also featured the March sisters: Little Men and Jo's Boys Although Little Women was a novel for girls, it differed notably from the current writings for children, especially girls.
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The novel addressed three major themes: "domesticity, work, and true love, all of them interdependent and each necessary to the achievement of its heroine's individual identity. It has been read as a family drama that validates virtue over wealth", but also "as a means of escaping that life by women who knew its gender constraints only too well".
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Elbert argued that within Little Women can be found the first vision of the "All-American girl" and that her multiple aspects are embodied in the differing March sisters. The book has been adapted for film twice as silent films, and four times with sound, in , , and Four television series were made, including two in Britain in the s and two anime series in Japan in the s. A musical version opened on Broadway in An American opera version in has been performed internationally and filmed for broadcast on US television in Alcott's family suffered financial difficulties, and while she worked to help support the family from an early age, she also sought an outlet in writing.
She began to receive critical success for her writing in the s. Early in her career, she sometimes used the pen name A. Barnard, under which she wrote novels for young adults. Published in , Little Women is set in the Alcott family home, Hillside, later called the Wayside, in Concord, Massachusetts and is loosely based on Alcott's childhood experiences with her three sisters.
The novel was very well received and is still a popular children's novel today, filmed several times. Alcott was an abolitionist and a feminist and remained unmarried throughout her life. She died in Boston on March 6, Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , pages. More Details Friend Reviews.
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Like her character, Jo March in Little Women, young Louisa was a tomboy: "No boy could be my friend till I had beaten him in a race," she claimed, " and no girl if she refused to climb trees, leap fences She had a rich imagination and often her stories became melodramas that she and her sisters would act out for friends.
Louisa preferred to play the "lurid" parts in these plays, "the villains, ghosts, bandits, and disdainful queens.
I will make a battering-ram of my head and make my way through this rough and tumble world. In , when she was 22, her first book Flower Fables was published. A milestone along her literary path was Hospital Sketches based on the letters she had written home from her post as a nurse in Washington, DC as a nurse during the Civil War.