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LIFE Little Women

LIFE Little Women

LIFE Little Women

That the newest film adaptation of Little Women got six 2020 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actress, seems in keeping with this beloved story. Ever since it was published more than 150 years ago, Louisa May Alcott's classic novel about the four March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, has been revered and adored for its portrait of American life, its depiction of growing from adolescence into maturity, its exploration of the bonds among the siblings at the heart of the story, and its groundbreaking implication that the lives of girls and women are rich, complex, and powerful. Now, this special edition chronicles the long and nuanced history of the novel and celebrates the remarkable spirit of Alcott herself, a woman whose radical approach to life and equality was years ahead of her time. Explore her biography and the "rebellious spirit" that pervades the book. Consider the story's many adaptations that have kept her legacy at the heart of popular culture over the years, including Katharine Hepburn in 1933 and the new movie directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Saoirse Ronan. Let this special edition help you celebrate one of the most important novels in American literature. This electronic message, including any attachments, may contain proprietary, confidential or privileged information for the sole use of the intended recipient(s). You are hereby notified that any unauthorized disclosure, copying, distribution, or use of this message is prohibited. If you have received this message in error, please immediately notify the sender by reply e-mail and delete it.

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5 minutos
changing the landscape forever

ASK A DEVOTED FAN OF LOUISA May Alcott's Little Women to identify a favorite moment in the book, and you might get any number of responses. There’s the time Jo accidentally singes the hair off her older sister, Meg, as she’s helping Meg prepare for a social engagement. Or the time young, artistic Amy accidentally plasters herself into a bucket as she’s attempting to make a cast of her foot. There are the amateur dramatic productions the sisters stage inside their humble home—swashbuckling tales of high adventure. And there are the comically combative encounters with their wealthy, outspoken Aunt March, who has no compunction about expressing her disapproval over their somewhat unconventional lifestyle. Then there are the heartbreaking tragedies and daily hardships that befall the girls: death, for one thing, as well…

12 minutos
a literary revolutionary

FEW NOVELS HAVE enjoyed the longevity or influence of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. Published more than 150 years ago, the story of four sisters and their journey from adolescence into adulthood in 19th-century Massachusetts has become a towering classic. Alongside Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Little Women has been embraced by generations of women as a rite of passage, both for its exploration of family dynamics and its insights into the tender bonds shared among siblings. It’s beloved, too, for its heroine, Jo March, a character determined to defy societal convention and pursue her own path. Although she finds love, she’s much more defined by her commitment to her writing at a time when it was socially unacceptable for women to devote themselves to careers over marriage. Famously, Jo, the…

2 minutos
transcendent thoughts

LIKE THE OTHER members of her family, Louisa May Alcott was a radical, progressive thinker—an abolitionist, an environmentalist, and a strong proponent of equal rights for women. Many of her most closely held beliefs were rooted in the ideals of the transcendentalist philosophy, which originated in New England in the early 1800s and held that divinity can be seen in all of nature and humanity. “That philosophy was crucial to her development as an individual, in the sense that it advocated self-reliance, it advocated an individual’s unique gifts—each individual was a divine being,” says Daniel Shealy, a professor of English at the University of North Carolina Charlotte and a longtime Alcott scholar. “That certainly had to influence her growing up, as did the whole culture of self-reform. How do you become…

10 minutos
the story of little women

WHEN THOMAS Niles Jr., a partner at Roberts Brothers Publishers, asked Louisa May Alcott to write “a story for girls,” the author didn’t exactly spark to the idea. At that point in her career, Alcott had enjoyed modest success writing under her own name—and spinning risqué, tawdry yarns under the pseudonym A.M. Barnard. Alcott’s reservations about writing for a juvenile audience, specifically girls, owed to the fact that, as she herself said, she had “never liked girls or [known] many” other than her three siblings: her older sister, Anna, and her younger sisters, Lizzie and May. She though it unlikely that a novel based on the “queer plays and experiences” that the four of them had shared would be of interest. Nevertheless, when the first volume of Little Women arrived months…

4 minutos
reality based

MR. MARCH BRONSON ALCOTT Born November 29, 1799 (33 years before Louisa’s birthday on the same date), in Wolcott, Connecticut, Amos Bronson Alcott gained celebrity in his day as a progressive philosopher and teacher who embraced transcendentalism and often entertained the icons of the movement in his study. His intellectual pursuits, as noble as they might have been, created hardships for his family—he traveled extensively, often leaving his wife and daughters to scrape by financially. His legacy as an educator, however, is important. He encouraged students to ask questions of their instructors and to engage in hands-on learning by interacting with the natural world; he also was strongly opposed to corporal punishment. He died in Boston on March 4, 1888. MARMEE ABIGAIL “ABBA” MAY ALCOTT In Little Women, the March sisters idolize their mother as…

3 minutos
1933: pure exuberance

DIRECTOR GEORGE Cukor’s 1933 adaptation of Little Women cast a wildly exuberant Katharine Hepburn as Louisa May Alcott’s headstrong Jo. And the actress, then 26 years old in just the fourth of what would be nearly four dozen feature film roles, inhabited the part with unbridled gusto. “Miss Hepburn goes darting through this picture without giving one a moment to think of her as other than Jo,” wrote New York Times film critic Mordaunt Hall. “It is stimulating to hear Jo sing out: ‘Look at me, World, I’m Jo March, and I’m so happy.’ She is the personification of sincerity, a thorough human being. Vice is unknown to her, or to the story for that matter.” By the time Cukor’s Little Women arrived in theaters that November, Alcott’s landmark novel already had…