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Since its publication in 1868–69, Little Women, perhaps America’s most beloved children’s classic, has been handed down from mother to daughter for generations. It has been translated into more than fifty languages and inspired six films, four television shows, a Broadway musical, an opera, and a web series. This lavish, four-color edition features over 220 curated illustrations, including stills from the films, stunning art by Norman Rockwell, and iconic illustrations by children’s-book illustrators Alice Barber Stevens, Frank T. Merrill, and Jessie Wilcox Smith.Renowned Alcott scholar John Matteson brings his expertise to the book, to the March family it creates, and to the Alcott family who inspired it all. Through numerous photographs taken in the Alcott family home expressly for this edition—elder daughter Anna’s wedding dress, the Alcott sisters’ theater costumes, sister May’s art, and Abba Alcott’s recipe book—readers discover the extraordinary links between the real and the fictional family.Matteson’s annotations evoke the once-used objects and culture of a distant but still-relevant time, from the horse-drawn carriages to the art Alcott carefully placed in her story to references to persons little known today. His brilliant introductory essays examine Little Women’s pivotal place in children’s literature and tell the story of Alcott herself—a tale every bit as captivating as her fiction.
Since its publication in 1868?69, Little Women, perhaps America?s most beloved children?s classic, has been handed down from mother to daughter. It has inspired an opera, three movies, and a Broadway musical. In this lavish four-color edition, featuring over 200 illustrations, renowned Alcott expert John Matteson brings unprecedented vibrancy to the book, to the March family it creates, and to the Alcott family who inspired it all. With numerous photographs taken expressly for this edition?elder daughter Anna?s wedding dress, the Alcott sisters? theater costumes, and Abba Alcott?s recipe book?readers discover the extraordinary links between the real and the fictional family. Matteson?s annotations bring us back in touch with the objects and culture of a distant but still-relevant time. His introductory essays examine Little Women?s pivotal place in children?s literature and tell the story of Alcott herself?a tale every bit as captivating as her fiction.
Number of Pages: 652
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
Author: Louisa May Alcott
Street Date: November 2, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 247-50-7810