THE STORY OF LOUISA MAY ALCOTT by Joan Howard

THE STORY OF LOUISA MAY ALCOTT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A fair biography of the author of Little but withall not quite as searching as Catherine Owens Peare's Louisa May Alcott (Holt, 1954). In the Signature Book pattern, the narrative starts out with Louisa's girlhood as a Concord tomboy getting the most she could out of life. The famous personalities and theories that were part of her life-Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, transcendentalism, Bronson Alcott's own ideas about education and utopia- are lightly alluded to but the concentration is definitely on describing the Alcotts as the family who later became the world's literary neighbor. This is successfully romanticized as is the picture of Louisa -- forthright, self willed and buoyantly spirited until the end of her days.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1955
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap