Louisa May Alcott


"Poor dull Concord. Nothing colorful has come through here since the Redcoats."
-Louisa May Alcott

Born in Germantown, PA, on November 29, 1832, the most famous daughter of transcendentalist (and Emerson friend) Amos Bronson Alcott moved to Concord in 1840. The young Alcott liked to produce her plays with the help of her sisters and take nature walks with fellow Concordian Henry David Thoreau. (See Louisa May and Mr. Thoreau's Flute, in the list of books below.) Wishing to instill a greater love of nature in his girls and to live the precepts of fundamentalism, Bronson Alcott moved the family to Fruitlands (www.fruitlands.org), a utopian community in neighboring Harvard, MA, in 1843. They returned to Concord two years later after enduring great privation and hardship in the unsuccessful community.

Life in Concord was not much easier, so the family moved again-this time to Boston-in 1849. At the tender age of seventeen, Alcott took on the responsibility for easing the family's financial burdens. She sought out the limited jobs available to a young girl of the time, caring for the elderly, doing laundry, and teaching small children. Meanwhile, she was busy writing, and in 1851 published a poem in a magazine under a pseudonym, launching her literary career. Her first book, Flower Fables, a collection of fairy-tales and poems that she had originally written to entertain Emerson's daughter, followed in 1854. When Bronson moved the family back to Concord in 1856, purchasing Orchard House (www.louisamayalcott.org) for them, Alcott lingered in Boston to advance her writing career, but she was forced to rejoin the family a year later following her younger sister's death from scarlet fever and her older sister's marriage, events she would eventually incorporate in the autobiographical Little Women.

At age 30, Alcott went to Washington, DC, to serve as a nurse tending wounded Civil War soldiers. Her second book, Hospital Sketches soon followed. Little Women made its debut in 1868 as the first volume of a two-volume novel, the second, Good Wives, appearing a year later. During the next twenty years, she would publish an astonishing array of poetry books, Gothic thrillers (see A Long Fatal Love Chase, below), children's stories, and novels. In addition to being a prolific writer, she also was an ardent suffragist (the first woman to vote in Concord), an avid abolitionist, and a social and educational reformer.

During her stint as a Civil War nurse in 1862, Alcott had contracted typhoid fever. The popular treatment for fever at the time was quinine and calomel, or mercury chloride, a mineral that cured the disease but eventually killed the patient. In 1888, at age 56, Alcott succumbed to the long-term effects of mercury poisoning and died, leaving behind a legacy of classics that have endured the test of time.


Little Women (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
By Louisa May Alcott, Susan Cheever (Introduction by)
$11.00
ISBN: 9780375756726
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Published: Modern Library - January 9th, 2001

A Long Fatal Love Chase Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780440223016
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Published: Dell - December 2nd, 1996

Hospital Sketches Cover Image
$7.95
ISBN: 9780918222787
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Published: Applewood Books - September 1991

Behind a Mask: The Unknown Thrillers Of Louisa May Alcott Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780688151324
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 14th, 1997

Louisa May Alcott: Work, Eight Cousins, Rose in Bloom, Stories & Other Writings  (LOA #256) (Library of America Louisa May Alcott Edition #2) Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781598533064
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Published: Library of America - August 28th, 2014

Louisa May Alcott: Little Women, Little Men, Jo's Boys (LOA #156) (Library of America Louisa May Alcott Edition #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781931082730
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Published: Library of America - February 17th, 2005

Little Women (Puffin in Bloom) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780147514011
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Published: Puffin Books - August 28th, 2014

Little Women (Puffin Classics) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780142408766
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Published: Puffin Books - March 27th, 2008

Little Women (Classic Starts(r)) Cover Image
By Louisa May Alcott, Deanna McFadden (Abridged by), Lucy Corvino (Illustrator)
$6.95
ISBN: 9781402712364
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - March 2005

Little Women (Little Women Series) Cover Image
By Louisa May Alcott, Regina Barreca (Introduction by), Susan Straight (Afterword by)
$5.95
ISBN: 9780451532084
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Published: Signet - May 2012

Little Women: 150th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Louisa May Alcott, Shreya Gupta (Drawings by), J. Courtney Sullivan (Foreword by)
$24.99
ISBN: 9780316489270
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 25th, 2018

Little Women Cover Image
By Louisa May Alcott, Elaine Showalter (Editor), Elaine Showalter (Introduction by), Siobhán Kilfeather (Notes by), Vinca Showalter (Notes by)
$10.00
ISBN: 9780140390698
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Published: Penguin Classics - January 1989

Little Women Cover Image
$10.00
ISBN: 9780062870629
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 4th, 2018

Little Women: 150th-Anniversary Annotated Edition (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Louisa May Alcott, Patti Smith (Foreword by), Anne Boyd Rioux (Editor), Anne Boyd Rioux (Introduction by), Anne Boyd Rioux (Notes by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143106654
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Published: Penguin Classics - April 24th, 2012

Little Women: The Original Classic Novel with Photos from the Major Motion Picture Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781419741203
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Published: Amulet Books - November 5th, 2019

Little Women (Word Cloud Classics) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781607105480
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Published: Canterbury Classics - September 2012

Eight Cousins (Puffin Classics) Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780140374568
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Published: Puffin Books - September 1995

Rose in Bloom (Puffin Classics) Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780140374513
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Published: Puffin Books - September 1995

Little Men (Puffin Classics) Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780141366081
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Published: Puffin Books - March 8th, 2016

Little Women Cover Image
$5.95
ISBN: 9780553212754
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Published: Bantam Classics - April 1983

Little Women (Dover Evergreen Classics) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780486410234
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Published: Dover Publications - March 24th, 2000

Little Women Cover Image
By Louisa May Alcott, Anna South (Introduction by)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781509827770
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Published: Macmillan Collector's Library - February 7th, 2017

Little Women (Sterling Unabridged Classics) Cover Image
By Louisa May Alcott, Scott McKowen (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781402714580
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Published: Sterling - October 2004

Little Women (Penguin Clothbound Classics) Cover Image
By Louisa May Alcott, Elaine Showalter (Introduction by), Siobhán Kilfeather (Notes by), Vinca Showalter (Notes by), Coralie Bickford-Smith (Illustrator)
$26.00
ISBN: 9780141192413
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Published: Penguin Classics - September 28th, 2010

Little Women (Dover Thrift Editions) Cover Image
$9.00
ISBN: 9780486828060
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Published: Dover Publications - September 12th, 2018

A Merry Christmas: And Other Christmas Stories (Penguin Christmas Classics #2) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143122463
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 8th, 2014

Jo's Boys (Puffin Classics) Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780141366098
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Published: Puffin Books - March 8th, 2016

Little Women (Oxford World's Classics) Cover Image
$8.95
ISBN: 9780199538119
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - March 2009

Mujercitas / Little Women Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9788491050476
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Published: Penguin Clásicos - January 26th, 2016

The Annotated Little Women (Annotated Books) Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9780393072198
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 2nd, 2015

An Old-Fashioned Girl (Puffin Classics) Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780140374490
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Published: Puffin Books - November 1996

Little Women (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) Cover Image
$4.99
ISBN: 9780679861751
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - July 5th, 1994

An Old-Fashioned Girl (Dover Children's Evergreen Classics) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780486460154
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Published: Dover Publications - September 19th, 2007

Little Women (Enriched Classics) Cover Image
$7.95
ISBN: 9781416599715
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 12th, 2009

Classic Starts(r) Little Men Cover Image
By Louisa May Alcott, Deanna McFadden (Abridged by), Dan Andreasen (Illustrator)
$6.95
ISBN: 9781402754234
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - March 2009

Little Men (Little Women Series) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451532237
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Published: Signet - October 2nd, 2012

Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781557091352
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Published: Applewood Books - September 1991

Little Women (Everyman's Library Children's Classics Series) Cover Image
By Louisa May Alcott, M. E. Gray (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780679436423
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Published: Everyman's Library - November 22nd, 1994

Eight Cousins (Dover Evergreen Classics) Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780486455594
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Published: Dover Publications - February 27th, 2007

Louisa May Alcott: A Modern Biography Cover Image
$33.00
ISBN: 9780374524609
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 30th, 1995

Civil War Hospital Sketches (Dover Evergreen Classics) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780486449005
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Published: Dover Publications - February 10th, 2006

Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780312658878
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Published: Picador - October 26th, 2010

Transcendental Wild Oats Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781557090966
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Published: Applewood Books - March 24th, 2011

Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781416569923
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 8th, 2011

Jo's Boys (Little Women Series) Cover Image
$4.95
ISBN: 9780553214499
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Published: Bantam Classics - September 1995

Louisa May Alcott: Her Life, Letters, and Journals Cover Image
By Ednah Cheney (Editor)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781429044608
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Published: Applewood Books - October 12th, 2010

Jo's Boys: In Easy-To-Read Type (Dover Children's Thrift Classics) Cover Image
$4.00
ISBN: 9780486407890
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Published: Dover Publications - November 17th, 2011

Little Women (Oberon Modern Plays) Cover Image
By Louisa May Alcott, Emma Reeves (Adapted by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781840025231
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Published: Oberon Books - September 2005

Under the Lilacs Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781429093118
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Published: Applewood Books - August 14th, 2012

Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy: A Graphic Novel: A Modern Retelling of Little Women Cover Image
By Rey Terciero, Bre Indigo (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780316522885
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - February 5th, 2019

Little Women: A Babylit(r) Playtime Primer Cover Image
By Jennifer Adams, Alison Oliver (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781423643890
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Published: Gibbs Smith - September 6th, 2016

Louisa on the Front Lines: Louisa May Alcott in the Civil War Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781580058049
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Published: Seal Press - February 26th, 2019