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Louisa May Alcott Louisa May Alcott never intended to write Little Women She had dismissed her publisher s pleas for such a novel Written out of necessity to support her family, the book had an astounding success that changed her life, a life which turned out very differently from that of her beloved heroine Jo March In Louisa May Alcott, Susan Cheever, the acclaimed author of American Bloomsbury, returns to Concord, Massachusetts, to explore the life of one of its most iconic residents Based on extensive research, journals, and correspondence, Cheever s biography chronicles all aspects of Alcott s life, from the fateful meeting of her parents to her death, just two days after that of her father She details Bronson Alcott s stalwart educational vision, which led the Alcotts to relocate each time his progressive teaching went sour her unsuccessful early attempts at serious literature, including Moods, which Henry James panned her time as a Civil War nurse, when she contracted pneumonia and was treated with mercury laden calomel, which would affect her health for the rest of her life and her vibrant intellectual circle of writers and reformers, idealists who led the charge in support of antislavery, temperance, and women s rights Alcott s independence defied the conventional wisdom, and her personal choices and literary legacy continue to inspire generations of women A fan of Little Women from the age of twelve, and a distinguished author in her own right, Cheever brings a unique perspective to Louisa May Alcott s life as a woman, a daughter, and a working writer. Download Louisa May Alcott author Susan Cheever – groundhogwalking.co.uk

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  1. Louisa May Alcott lived a fascinating life, and this comes through in Susan Cheever s biography, yet the book is a let down Perhaps the problem with the book is it s subtitle, a personal biography Most of the book isn t a personal biography, whatever that means, but occasionally Cheever interjects tidbits about herself, makes grand generalizations about women and life, that distract from the narrative of the biography While bias is unavoida...

  2. I downloaded this audiobook from my library not so much because I wanted to hear about the life of Louisa May Alcott as much as I wanted to hear what it was like to grow up surrounded by people like Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Bronson Alcott, William Ellery Channing and Henry James Probably 80% of the book was devoted to her f...

  3. I am a sucker for a Louisa May Alcott biography This one, however, was not very good It did not have a very good sense of chronology especially in LMA s later years and you would think she only wrote three books The Author also never lets you forget that she is the child of a famous author as well She also claims this is a personal biography , and that she spent a lot of time with original letters and diaries, but it really doesn t appear so from the text, which often seems to be a summar I am a sucker for a Louisa May Alcott biography This one, however, was not very good It did not have a very good sense of chronology especially in LMA s later years and you would think she only wrote three books The Author also never lets you forget that she is the child of a famous author as well She also claims this is a personal biography , and that she spent a lot of time with original letters and diaries, but it...

  4. This is somewhere between a 2 and a 3 I found parts of this really fascinating and compelling for reasons I don t care to go into I get the feeling I am crazy in all the same ways as Louisa May Alcott But the historiography and frankly, the history in some places, is problematic Two examples she constantly mentions that doctors didn t wash their hands, but she never mentions Semmelweis and also gives the impression that all surgery was a death sentence She also relates the story of the i This is somewhere between a 2 and a 3 I found parts of this really fascinating and compelling for reasons I don t care to go into I get the feeling I am crazy in all the same ways as Louisa May Alcott But the historiography and frankly, the history in some places, is problematic Two examples she constantly mentions that doctors didn t wash their hands, but she never mentions Semmelweis and also gives the impression that all surgery was a death sentence She also relates the story of the invention of the telephone the one with Bell and Watson and the battery acid in a way that I have never heard before and in a way that only loosely illustrates the point she was trying to make.Susan Cheever re...

  5. Read this while listening to an audio version of Little Women, which made for a great experience for both books What is the connection of fictional characters to the writer and to the people in the world around the writer Cheever asks, a pertinent question for any biography of Louisa May Alcott whatever the subtitle Are the Alcotts the Marches, are the Marches the Alcotts Readers for 150 years have been asking this, and Cheever s answer at least is that they are, and they aren t, and whi Read...

  6. 1 both my library and nearest Half Price Books have this under Alcott in the fiction section It s by Cheever and non fiction.2 There are a lot of really irrelevant to Alcott but not the times historical facts in here that are definitely geared towards a reader who didn t pay attention in US History at all It s a little patronizing sometimes and not gracefully done, they re all rather clunkily inserted.3 The author makes a lot of parallels between her and Alcott s life and in a way that 1 both my library and nearest Half Price Books have this under Alcott in the fiction section It s by Cheever and non fiction.2 There are a lot of really irrelevant to Alcott but not the times historical facts in here that are definitely geared towards a reader who didn t pay attention in US...

  7. I read this biography a few years back and I can t really recall why I decided to check out this particular book at the book store, but it caught my attention and raised my interest from the first chapter The genre of biography is not as familiar to me however, I found the author s execution of disclosing facts very informational and also entertaining There was a slow moving portion at the beginning of the book that focuseson Alcott s father, but that was necessary in order to grasp the I read this biography a few years back and I can t really recall why I decided to check out this particular book at the book store, but it caught my attention and raised my interest from the first chapter The genre of biography is not as familiar to me however, I found the author s execution of disclosing facts very informational and also entertaining There was a slow moving portion at the beginning of the book that focuseson Alcot...

  8. Anyone who has ever loved Little Women, will adore this biography Susan Cheever, author of a book I previously read, American Bloomsbury, has written a wonderful, well researched book on one of my childhood s best loved writers Ms Cheever tells of Alcott s journey, difficult as it may have been, with the eyes of a fan This is not a snarky, I can t understand her fame books I am going to re read my old favorite Alcott books, beginning tonight One is never too old for a good story I highl Anyone who has ever loved Little Women, will adore this biography Susan Cheever, author of a book I previously read, American Bloomsbury, has written a wonderful, well researched book on one of my childhood s best loved writers Ms Cheever tells of Alcott s journey, difficult as it may have been, with th...

  9. Brilliant biography of an amazing woman Can t wait to read

  10. I think I would have enjoyed thisif there had been fewer of the author s modern day observations throughout the book It would have madesense if such comments had been left in the beginning or at the end.