Alcott, Louisa M - Little Women - ( Item 124153 )
Published in London by Folio Society. 2014. First Thus. Fine Hardback. No inscriptions or bookplates. Fine slipcase. Introduced by Jane Gardam. Illustrated by Rebecca Green. Alcott's unforgettable tale, with eye-catching illustrations by Rebecca Green. '"Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents," grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.' This famous opening line sets the scene for the beloved coming-of-age story of four sisters growing up in a quiet New England town. Their father is away serving as a chaplain in the Civil War and money is scarce, but the girls invent their own amusements: they act plays, write stories and – most importantly – learn to lead good and financially independent lives. Bound in buckram, blocked with a design by Rebecca Green. Set in Perpetua with Mahogany Script display. 528 pages; frontispiece and 9 colour illustrations. Printed endpapers. 9" x 6½". Four beloved sisters. Louisa May Alcott had written mostly sensational stories for adults when, in 1867, she was asked to write a book for girls. Despite her self-doubts, Little Women was published a year later to instant acclaim; it has remained in print ever since. It eschewed the didactic, evangelical tone of previous children's books, and instead captured the squabbles and fun of real family life. Scenes such as Amy bringing contraband sweets to school, or Meg hankering for the fine clothes and indulgences enjoyed by her friends seem oddly contemporary. Alcott based the March girls on herself and her three sisters, and many of the events in the book are drawn from their lives. Generations of girls around the world have identified with ladylike Meg, shy Beth, frivolous Amy and, above all, tomboyish Jo, Alcott's fictional alter ego. Readers have also fallen in love with Laurie, the charming boy next door. With its refreshing mixture of idealism and realism, Little Women paved the way for later stories such as What Katy Did and Anne of Green Gables. This edition includes vibrant illustrations by Rebecca Green, an American artist who brings a fresh, modern slant to this period story. The acclaimed novelist Jane Gardam has contributed a new preface, in which she describes how the book was treasured and passed down within her own family, and finds the key to its enduring success in its distinctively American emphasis on happy independence. 'Embodying, as they do, the high ideals and hopes of Lincoln's America, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy are still our great friends.'. From the Folio Society description.
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