Louisa May Alcott

Little Women
  • Little Women

  • Louisa May Alcott

    Including an introduction from writer and feminist activist Scarlett Curtis, curator of Sunday Times Bestseller Feminists Don't Wear Pink.

    Meet the March Sisters:
    · Meg is the eldest and on the brink of love.
    · Then there's tomboy Jo who longs to be a writer.
    · Sweet-natured Beth always puts others first
    · Finally there's Amy, the youngest and most precocious.

    Even though money is short, times are tough and their father is away at war, their infectious sense of fun sweeps everyone up in their adventures - including Laurie, the boy next door.

    And through sisterly squabbles and tragic losses, the sisters discover that growing up is sometimes very hard to do.

    The Sisterhood collection celebrates the best-loved classics, written by some of the best female authors in history for International Women's Day. Read the rest of the collection:

    The Railway Children
    Heidi
    Pride and Prejudice
    A Little Princess
    Anne of the Green Gables

Louisa May Alcott was born on 29 November 1832 in Pennsylvania. Her father was friends with Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry Thoreau. Alcott started selling stories in order to help provide financial support for her family. Her first book was Flower Fables (1854). She worked as a nurse during the American Civil War and in 1863 she published Hospital Sketches, which was based on her experiences. Little Women was published in 1868 and was based on her life growing up with her three sisters. She followed it with three sequels, Good Wives (1869), Little Men (1871) and Jo's Boys (1886) and she also wrote other books for both children and adults. Louisa May Alcott was an abolitionist and a campaigner for women's rights. She died on 6 March 1888.