Between the Lines: Little Women


Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

Author: Louisa May Alcott

Genre: Classic, Historical Fiction, Young Adult


Generations of readers young and old, male and female, have fallen in love with the March sisters of Louisa May Alcott’s most popular and enduring novel, Little Women. Here are talented tomboy and author-to-be Jo, tragically frail Beth, beautiful Meg, and romantic, spoiled Amy, united in their devotion to each other and their struggles to survive in New England during the Civil War.

It is no secret that Alcott based Little Women on her own early life. While her father, the freethinking reformer and abolitionist Bronson Alcott, hobnobbed with such eminent male authors as Emerson, Thoreau, and Hawthorne, Louisa supported herself and her sisters with “woman’s work,” including sewing, doing laundry, and acting as a domestic servant. But she soon discovered she could make more money writing. Little Women brought her lasting fame and fortune, and far from being the “girl’s book”

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her publisher requested, it explores such timeless themes as love and death, war and peace, the conflict between personal ambition and family responsibilities, and the clash of cultures between Europe and America.


Little Women, twice adapted to television (Two movies –  1994 &  2019), has touched the hearts and minds of people all over the world. If you ever want to find yourself a comfort book, reading this story about the March sisters will definitely bring a new home into your life. Filled with emotion, deep characters, and saddening events, Little Women is perfect for any reader wishing to dive into the world of Louisa May Alcott’s life on paper.