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By John Matteson

The Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer of Louisa may well Alcott illuminates the realm of Little Women and its author.

Since its booklet in 1868–69, Little Women, possibly America’s such a lot loved children’s vintage, has been passed down from mom to daughter for generations. it's been translated into greater than fifty languages and encouraged six movies, 4 tv indicates, a Broadway musical, an opera, and an online sequence. This lavish, four-color version positive factors over 220 curated illustrations, together with stills from the flicks, wonderful artwork through Norman Rockwell, and iconic illustrations through children’s-book illustrators Alice Barber Stevens, Frank T. Merrill, and Jessie Wilcox Smith.

Renowned Alcott student John Matteson brings his services to the e-book, to the March kin it creates, and to the Alcott relatives who encouraged all of it. via a number of images taken within the Alcott kinfolk domestic expressly for this edition―elder daughter Anna’s marriage ceremony costume, the Alcott sisters’ theater costumes, sister May’s artwork, and Abba Alcott’s recipe book―readers become aware of the extreme hyperlinks among the true and the fictitious family.

Matteson’s annotations evoke the once-used gadgets and tradition of yet still-relevant time, from the horse-drawn carriages to the paintings Alcott rigorously put in her tale to references to people little recognized at the present time. His fabulous introductory essays learn Little Women’s pivotal position in children’s literature and inform the tale of Alcott herself―a story each piece as fascinating as her fiction.

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