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Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888)

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Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, in 1832. Two years later, she moved with her family to Boston and in 1840 to Concord, which was to remain her family home for the rest of her life. Her father, Bronson Alcott, was a transcendentalist and friend of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry visa mer David Thoreau. Alcott early realized that her father could not be counted on as sole support of his family, and so she sacrificed much of her own pleasure to earn money by sewing, teaching, and churning out potboilers. Her reputation was established with Hospital Sketches (1863), which was an account of her work as a volunteer nurse in Washington, D.C. Alcott's first works were written for children, including her best-known Little Women (1868--69) and Little Men: Life at Plumfield with Jo's Boys (1871). Moods (1864), a "passionate conflict," was written for adults. Alcott's writing eventually became the family's main source of income. Throughout her life, Alcott continued to produce highly popular and idealistic literature for children. An Old-Fashioned Girl (1870), Eight Cousins (1875), Rose in Bloom (1876), Under the Lilacs (1878), and Jack and Jill (1881) enjoyed wide popularity. At the same time, her adult fiction, such as the autobiographical novel Work: A Story of Experience (1873) and A Modern Mephistopheles (1877), a story based on the Faust legend, shows her deeper concern with such social issues as education, prison reform, and women's suffrage. She realistically depicts the problems of adolescents and working women, the difficulties of relationships between men and women, and the values of the single woman's life. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre

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Verk av Louisa May Alcott

Unga kvinnor (1868) 26,867 exemplar, 403 recensioner
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Little Men (1871) 8,229 exemplar, 65 recensioner
Jo's Boys (1886) 5,013 exemplar, 36 recensioner
Rosa eller de åtta kusinerna : berättelse (1875) 4,640 exemplar, 58 recensioner
En krona bland flickor (1870) 2,969 exemplar, 36 recensioner
Rosor i blom (1876) 2,735 exemplar, 34 recensioner
Våra vänner från ifjol (1869) 2,400 exemplar, 29 recensioner
Under the Lilacs (1878) 1,940 exemplar, 14 recensioner
A Long Fatal Love Chase (1995) 1,773 exemplar, 32 recensioner
Jack and Jill: A Village Story (1880) 1,670 exemplar, 17 recensioner
Little Women (Illustrated Junior Library) (1947) 1,228 exemplar, 12 recensioner
The Inheritance (1997) 1,192 exemplar, 29 recensioner
Little Women / Good Wives / Little Men / Jo's Boys (2005) 961 exemplar, 9 recensioner
Hospital Sketches (1863) 612 exemplar, 24 recensioner
Flower Fables (1854) 485 exemplar, 3 recensioner
En ädel kvinna : berättelse (1873) 447 exemplar, 10 recensioner
Little Women / Good Wives / Little Men (1963) 346 exemplar, 2 recensioner
An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving (1882) 328 exemplar, 8 recensioner
Little Women (2012) 314 exemplar, 1 recension
Little Men (Illustrated Junior Library) (1946) 310 exemplar, 1 recension
Kate's Choice and Other Stories (2001) 296 exemplar, 5 recensioner
A Garland for Girls (1887) 279 exemplar, 3 recensioner
Louisa May Alcott's Christmas Treasury (2002) 266 exemplar, 2 recensioner
A Modern Mephistopheles (1877) 262 exemplar, 4 recensioner
A whisper in the dark: Twelve thrilling tales (1996) 242 exemplar, 4 recensioner
The Quiet Little Woman (1999) 201 exemplar, 4 recensioner
Moods (1865) 199 exemplar, 7 recensioner
Short Stories (Dover Thrift Editions) (1996) 183 exemplar, 1 recension
Little Women (Norton Critical Editions) (2003) 173 exemplar, 2 recensioner
Behind a Mask; Or, A Woman's Power (1866) 164 exemplar, 8 recensioner
Louisa May Alcott: Life, Letters & Journals (1889) 162 exemplar, 2 recensioner
Louisa May Alcott : Her Girlhood Diary (1993) 160 exemplar, 3 recensioner
Jo's Boys (Illustrated Junior Library Edition) (1949) 158 exemplar, 1 recension
Little Women [abridged - Whitman #1605] (1951) 156 exemplar, 2 recensioner
Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag (1911) 156 exemplar, 1 recension
The Annotated Little Women (2015) 141 exemplar, 1 recension
The Mysterious Key, and What It Opened (1867) 130 exemplar, 8 recensioner
An Old-fashioned Thanksgiving and Other Stories (1995) 128 exemplar, 1 recension
A Merry Christmas and Other Christmas Stories (2014) 126 exemplar, 3 recensioner
The Lost Stories Of Louisa May Alcott (1995) 125 exemplar, 2 recensioner
A Modern Cinderella (1893) 109 exemplar, 2 recensioner
The Journals of Louisa May Alcott (1989) 102 exemplar, 2 recensioner
Little Women: From the Original Publisher 91 exemplar, 2 recensioner
Louisa May Alcott Unmasked: Collected Thrillers (1995) 88 exemplar, 4 recensioner
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Modern Magic (Modern Library) (1995) 80 exemplar, 1 recension
Kitty's Class Day and Other Stories (1882) 72 exemplar, 2 recensioner
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The Portable Louisa May Alcott (2000) 69 exemplar
The Selected Letters of Louisa May Alcott (1987) 66 exemplar, 2 recensioner
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Andra namn
Barnard, A. M.
Authors' Ridge, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord, Massachusetts, USA
Germantown, Pennsylvania, USA
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Germantown, Pennsylvania, USA
Concord, Massachusetts, USA
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Utopian Fruitlands Community, Harvard, Massachusetts, USA (1843-1844)
Alcott, Amos Bronson (father)
Alcott, Abigail May (mother)
Zachary Shuster Harmsworth (estate)
Kort biografi
Louisa May Alcott (November 29, 1832 – March 6, 1888) was an American novelist, short story writer and poet best known as the author of the novel Little Women (1868) and its sequels Little Men (1871) and Jo's Boys (1886). Raised in New England by her transcendentalist parents, Abigail May and Amos Bronson Alcott, she grew up among many of the well-known intellectuals of the day, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Alcott's family suffered from financial difficulties, and while she worked to help support the family from an early age, she also sought an outlet in writing. She began to receive critical success for her writing in the 1860s. Early in her career, she sometimes used the pen name A. M. Barnard, under which she wrote novels for young adults that focused on spies and revenge.

Published in 1868, Little Women is set in the Alcott family home, Orchard House, in Concord, Massachusetts, and is loosely based on Alcott's childhood experiences with her three sisters, Abigail May Alcott Nieriker, Elizabeth Sewall Alcott, and Anna Alcott Pratt. The novel was well-received at the time and is still popular today among both children and adults. It has been adapted many times to the stage, film, and television.

Alcott was an abolitionist and a feminist and remained unmarried throughout her life. All her life she was active in such reform movements as temperance and women's suffrage. She died from a stroke, two days after her father died, in Boston on March 6, 1888.



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Little Women är på många sätt vad barnlitteratur inte längre bör vara: ohyggligt präktig och predikande, melodramatisk och sentimental, konservativ och begränsande (i alla fall utifrån dagens samhälle) .

Det handlar om fyra unga flickor, mellan 12 och 16 år, och deras mor, som lever ensamma när deras far är ute och gör en insats i nordstatsarmén under amerikanska inbördeskriget. Familjen har tidigare varit rik, men har förlorat mycket av sina pengar och lever nu under mer sparsamma förhållanden. Ett av de budskap som hamras i huvudet på läsaren är dock att inte sörja över materiella ting utan vara glad över det man har, i synnerhet om man har familj och vänner.

De fyra flickorna är Meg, snart på väg »ut«, och fåfäng, pojkflickan och läsaren Jo, den änglalika Beth, och den något självupptagna Amy. Naturligtvis får de alla lära sig läxor som gör de till bättre, dygdigare flickor som deras föräldrar kan vara än stoltare över.

I alla fall för Jo och Beth känns det åtminstone någorlunda rimligt: Beth kämpar med sin blyghet, och Jo med sitt humör, och det känns som något man kan känna viss sympati med, i motsats till de skuldkänslor som påförs flickorna när de inte orkar gå och trösta de fattiga eller något annat man som duktig tös skall göra.

Nåväl, i vissa passager känns det som läromålen ibland kan glömmas för att bara skildra barndom (eftersom det här är före uppfinnandet av tonåringen är flickorna i stort sett att betrakta som barn och oskyldiga på ett sätt som ibland blir lite märkligt: idag skulle man få dra av ett par år från deras ålder för att stora delar av boken skulle kännas rimlig): låtsaslekar och en hemlig, egen tidning, utflykter.

En liten varning kan vara på plats för att boken gavs ut i två delar, men andra delen, Good Wives ges ofta ut med den första under den förstas titel. Jag har alltså bara läst första halvan, och kan inte uttala mig om andra delens eventuella kvaliteter.
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