Author: Louisa May Alcott
Year Published: 1869
Description: Loosely based on her own life, Louisa May Alcott's Little Women chronicles the lives of four March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March—as they transition to adulthood. Through their experiences, it stresses morality over materialism and the interconnectedness of family, work and love in shaping women's identity and individuality. Originally published as two separate volumes, Little Women and then Good Wives, the novel was critically acclaimed at a time when there were few examples of female self-determination in literature for young readers.
'I want to do something splendid...something heroic or wonderful that won't be forgotten after I'm dead. I don't know what, but I'm on the watch for it and mean to astonish you all someday.'
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