Your Guide to Little Women

by gabimaudiere | January 8, 2020 | All the Rest, Book Industry News, On Our Radar

The Book is Semi-Autobiographical

Little Women was written by Louisa May Alcott in 1869, and is loosely based on her own life. Meg, Beth and Amy were inspired by her own three sisters.

It Wasn't Her First Choice of Subject

Louisa May Alcott didn’t actually want to write Little Women. Prior to the success of Little Women, Alcott wrote pulp fiction and other experimental forms of literature. She likened the subject of girls to “moral pap for the young.” She was headstrong (ahem…just like Jo!) and didn’t want to contribute to the stereotypes in society that girls are only interested in gossip and getting married.

She Had an Unconventional Upbringing

Louisa May Alcott was raised by transcendentalist parents who circulated with many of the prominent intellectuals of the time. Some of whom included Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathanial Hawthorne and Henry David-Thoreau.

She Worked Hard for Women's Rights

Louisa May Alcott was one of the founders of the Women’s Educational and Industrial Union in Boston. It was founded to help women and children in industrial cities.

Short (but long) and Sweet

It only took Alcott three months to write both volumes!

Part One and Two

Little Women was initially published in two volumes. The first book was so popular that after its initial publication, her publisher insisted she write a second one! The second book was titled Good Wives, upon which the name was later thrown out and combined with the first volume to create the beloved Little Women the world has come to love.