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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.
Edited and with an introduction by Elaine Showalter. Paperback. $10.00 (pictured at left)
ISBN 0-14-039069-8.

Little Women: Dover Evergreen Classic.
Paperback. $6.00 (pictured at right)
ISBN 410234.

Little Women : Adapted for younger readers


Little Women: Classic Starts. (pictured at left)
Illustrated; includes discussion questions.
Sterling Publishing Company. Hardcover. $5.95.
ISBN 1402712367.
Also available with read-along CD. Book and audio CD: $9.95. #9781402773617

Little Women: Vocabulary-Building Classic
(pictured at right)

Master new words while reading this timeless classic. Difficult words are highlighted on the right-hand page and defined on the left-hand page. Includes discussion questions and guidance for writing a book report.
Simon & Schuster, Paperback. $3.00
ISBN 0743266536.

Little Women: Children's Thrift Classic.
(pictured at left)
Abridged and adapted for young readers.
Dover, Paperback. $3.00.
ISBN 296342.

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Little Men
This sequel to Little Women tells of a remarkable school for boys at Plumfield run by Jo and Professor Bhaer. little men classic                

Dover, Paperback. $4.99. (pictured, left).
ISBN 0-486-41808-1

Sterling Classic Starts. Hard cover. $5.95. Abridged and adapted (pictured, right).
ISBN 9781402754234.

Jo’s Boys
Third in 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. Paperback. $3.00. (pictured left). ISBN 42226-7.


Eight Cousins

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

Dover. Paperback. $4.95 (pictured at left).
ISBN 0-486-45559-9.

 Rose in Bloom

The sequel to Eight Cousins, focusing on Rose's entrance into the adult world and her experiences with love and loss.
Penguin. Paperback. $5.99 (pictured at left).
ISBN 0-14-037451-5.

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. Paperback. $5.95. (pictured at left).
ISBN 0-480-46015-0.

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Flower Fables: The 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. Hardcover. $15.95
ISBN 1-55709954-5.


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Books for Adults by Louisa May Alcott (novels)

Hospital Sketches.

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

Applewood Books. Paperback. $7.95.

ISBN 978-0-91822278-7.


Introduction by Joy S. Kasson

The story of a young woman, Christie, who hires herself out as a servant to a wealthy family, and her trials as she tries to make her way in the world. Somewhat of a forum for Louisa's views on social reform, this book contains strong themes of women's rights, social justice, and community.

Penguin. Paperback. $17.00. ISBN 014-0390-91-X.


Edited by Sarah Elbert

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

Rutgers University Press. Paperback. $28.95

ISBN 0-8135-1670-6.

The Inheritance
inheritanceEdited and with an introduction and notes by Joel Myerson and Daniel Shealy.

Recently re-discovered in manuscript form, this book has been called Louisa's "first" novel, written when she was seventeen years old. It tells the story of Edith Adelon, a poor orphan who finds family and fortune in the most unlikely of places.

Penguin. Paperback. $15.00

ISBN 0-14-043666-2.

See also The Inheritance DVD, with a free music CD.

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Books for Adults by Louisa May Alcott (anthologies)
Louisa May Alcott’s Civil War

With an introduction by Jan Turnquist, Director of Orchard House.

For the first time, Louisa May Alcott's Civil War stories are published in a single collection. During the war she worked with home front 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. Paperback. $17.95.

ISBN 1889020109

 Alternative Alcott

Edited and with an introduction by Elaine Showalter

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

Rutgers University Press. Paperback. $27.95.

ISBN 08135-1272-7

 The Portable Louisa May Alcott

Edited and with an introduction by Elizabeth Lennox Keyser.

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

Penguin. Paperback. $20.00

ISBN 140-275746.

The Wisdom of Little Women

Collection of topically arranged quotes drawn from the book, showing how its insights appeal to readers through the ages.

Anders Literary Group (Eggman). Paperback. $6.95.

ISBN 1886371-21-0.

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Novels for Adults about Louisa May Alcott and her contemporaries

 Mr. Emerson’s Wife

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

As Lidian lives in the shadow of one of the most famous men of the 19th century, she struggles to maintain her moral authority and inner strength. In the course of the book, she deals with overwhelming social demands and faces devastating personal loss to finally discover the deepest meaning of love.

St. Martin's Press. Paperback, $19.99

ISBN 978-0-31233-638-7.

 March: A Novel

By Geraldine Brooks.
2006 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction!

Brooks has crafted an intriguing work of historical fiction that is 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 the realities of The Civil War combine in a story that not only brings the era alive, but breathes life into a formerly unknown character. A must-read for Civil War and historical fiction buffs, as well as adult admirers of Little Women.

Penguin. Paperback.  $16.00

ISBN 0-14-303666-1.

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