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Little Women: The Original Classic Novel Featuring Photos from the Film!

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I completely agree with your statement, “From a narrative perspective, it’s a complete disaster” (regarding Jo and Laurie)!

Last year, Louisa May Alcott’s novel celebrated its 150th anniversary, and it was on my mind after I read reviews in both The New Republic and The Atlantic of the book Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters by Anne Boyd Rioux. I don’t know if I agree that the comparison of Anne and Gilbert holds – Anne detested him so much for so many years – she felt so passionately about how much she despised him that love could be the only outcome…I always felt that Jo simply was not interested in a relationship, and that Laurie had an unrealistic idea of what life with Jo would be like…. Anyway to make a long story short the story goes the Alcott became so frustrated with readers constantly writing to both herself and the periodical publisher about the necessity of Laurie and Jo marrying that she decided to break off any hope of their union by uniting Amy and Laurie instead!This is weird when you realize that Alcott based the story largely on her own family, and that the real-life Alcotts were big-time abolitionists. Folio commissioned Hokyoung Kim for the artwork, while the late author’s wife, Wendy Benchley, provides a fascinating new introduction.

To enable personalized advertising (like interest-based ads), we may share your data with our marketing and advertising partners using cookies and other technologies. Although the March family is on the poor end of the economic spectrum when compared with people they know and socialize with, they do have a maid named Hannah. The first edition had several illustrations by Abigail May Alcott, Louisa’s youngest sister, who became the character of Amy in the novel.Even if Jo was trying to protect Beth, the fact that her mother did not approve of the match also weighed heavily in Jo’s spurning of Laurie.

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