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Alphabetical list of all books available in the Museum Store

Books for Children by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women - Unabridged Editions

Louisa May Alcott's timeless classic, based on her own family's experiences, remains as popular today as it was when it was first published in 1868





Little Women
Penguin Classics    $10.00
Edited and with an introduction by Elaine Showalter.

ISBN 0-14-039069-8



Little Women
Dover Evergreen Classic    $7.99

ISBN 410234


Little Women - Adapted for Younger Readers



Little Women Classic Starts
Sterling Publishing Company    $6.95
Illustrated; includes discussion questions.

ISBN 1402712367

Also available with read-along CD for $9.95
ISBN 9781402773617



Little Women Vocabulary-Building Classic
Master new words while reading a timeless classic!  Difficult words are highlighted on right-hand pages and defined on the left.  Includes discussion questions and guidance on writing a book report.

Simon & Schuster    $4.95

ISBN 0743266536



Little Women Children's Thrift Classic
Dover    $3.00

ISBN 296342


Little Men






little men classic


The sequel to Little Women tells of a remarkable school for boys at Plumfield run by Jo and Professor Bhaer.

Dover Evergreen Classics    $5.99

ISBN 0-486-41808-1



Sterling Classic Starts     $6.95

ISBN 9781402754234

Jo’s Boys

The third and last book of the Little Women trilogy, Jo's Boys tells the stories of the boys of Plumfield, now grown and seeking their ways in the world.


Dover Evergreen Classics    $5.00
ISBN 42226-7


An Old-Fashioned Girl

The encounters of a country girl with city life and her struggle to maintain her "old-fashioned" values in a modern world.

Dover Evergreen Classics    $5.99

ISBN 0-480-46015-0

Eight Cousins

This lesser-known work focuses on Rose Campbell's experiences growing up with her seven male cousins and unconventional Uncle Alec.  A staff favorite!


Dover Evergreen Classics    $5.99

ISBN 0-486-45559-9

 Rose in Bloom

The sequel to Eight Cousins focuses on Rose's entrance into the adult world and her experiences with love and loss.

Penguin    $5.99

ISBN 0-14-037451-5


Flower Fables 150th Anniversary Edition



The first book ever published by Louisa May Alcott in 1854!  Placed by Louisa into Marmee's Christmas stocking, this book is a touching reminder of childhood fantasies, a young woman's hopes, and the sustenance of a mother's love.

Applewood Books    $15.95

ISBN 1-55709954-5


Novels for Adults by Louisa May Alcott

Hospital Sketches

Louisa's fictionalized account of her experiences as "Nurse Tribulation Periwinkle" during the Civil War.





Applewood Books     $7.95
ISBN 978-0-91822278-7

Work:  A Story of Experience

The story of Christie Devon, a young woman who hires herself out as a servant to a wealthy family, and her experiences trying to make her own way in the world.   Contains important themes of women's rights, social justice, and community reflective of Louisa May Alcott's own views



Penguin    $17.00
Introduction by Joy S. Kasson.

ISBN 014-0390-91-X



A young woman is caught in a love triangle when she realizes she's married the wrong man.  The two male protagonists are modeled on Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, and the female main character on Louisa herself!






Rutgers University Press    $32.95
Edited by Sarah Elbert

ISBN 0-8135-1670-6

The Inheritance


Re-discovered in manuscript form, this book is considered Louisa's "first" novel, written when she was 17 years old.  It tells the story of Edith Adelon, a poor orphan who finds family and fortune in the most unlikely of places.





Penguin    $15.00
Edited and with an Introduction and Notes by Joel Myerson and Daniel Shealy.
ISBN 0-14-043666-2

See also The Inheritance DVD -- with free music CD!


Anthologies for Adults by Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott’s Civil War



For the first time, Louisa May Alcott's Civil War stories are published in a single collection.  During the war, she worked with homefront relief organizations, served as an Army nurse, and wrote stories for popular journals such as Commonwealth and Atlantic Monthly. Includes the full text of Hospital Sketches, nine short stories, and excerpts from her Civil War journals.


Independent Publishers Group    $17.95
Introduction by Orchard House Executive Director Jan Turnquist.
ISBN 1889020109

 Alternative Alcott


Selected works showing Louisa May Alcott's range as an author.


Rutgers University Press    $31.95
Edited and with an Introduction by Elane Showalter.
ISBN 08135-1272-7

 The Portable Louisa May Alcott

Selected short fiction and excerpts from novels, letters, and journals. Includes the full text of Moods and Transcendental Wild Oats.


Penguin     $20.00
Edited and with an Introduction by Elizabeth Lennox Keyser.
ISBN 140-275746

The Wisdom of Little Women

Collection of topically arranged quotes drawn from this timless classic that demonstrate how its insights appeal to readers through the ages.

Anders Literary Group (Eggman)
ISBN 1886371-21-0


Relevant Historical Fiction

March:  A Novel
2006 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction!



Geraldine Brooks' intriguing work that creates a “parallel universe” to Little Women, telling the tale from the perspective of the heretofore absent Mr. March.  Exhaustive research on the real “Father of Little Women,” A. Bronson Alcott, and realities of the Civil War bring to life the era and a lesser-known character.  A must-read for Civil War buffs as well as adult admirers of Little Women.


Penguin    $16.00
ISBN 0-14-303666-1

Mr. Emerson's Wife

An historical novel about Mrs. Ralph Waldo Emerson that beautifully examines the emotional landscape of love and marriage written byformer Orchard House Staff member Amy Belding Brown.


St. Martin's Press    $19.99
ISBN 978-0-31233-638-7


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