Little Women, Louisa May Alcott's most famous novel, is based on the author's own life growing up in the years before the American Civil War, and Jo March, the main character, is her alter ego. Although the Alcotts were poor, their home was filled with love, fun, games, and lively ideas. Early in her life, Alcott vowed to use her talents to raise her family out of poverty. While she was earning money by sewing, teaching, and nursing, she was furiously writing short stories and articles and struggling to sell them. After the overwhelming success of Little Women, she was rich and famous, and publishers and fans demanded more books from her. Today, she is among the most celebrated American authors of the 19th century. Read about this remarkable author's life in this newly revised biography.
Full-color photographs. Chronology. Bibliography. Further reading. Box features. Web sites. Index.
About the Author(s)
Elizabeth Silverthorne has written more than 20 books as well as numerous short stories and articles for adults and children. She taught English and children's literature at North Texas State University in Denton, Texas, for four years, and was Director of Communications and Modern Languages at Temple College in Temple, Texas, for 12 years. She lives in the village of Salado in the heart of Texas.