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Louisa May Alcott : a biography
Stern, Madeleine B., 1912-2007.
Publication Information:
Boston : Northeastern University Press, 1999.

Physical Description:
xxiii, 422 pages : portrait ; 21 cm
General Note:
This edition previously published in 1996 by Random House. Original edition published in 1950 by University of Oklahoma Press.
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PS1018 .S75 1996C Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Madeleine B. Stern, one of the world's leading Alcott scholars, shows how the breadth of Alcott's work, ranging from Little Women to sensational thrillers and war stories, serves as a reflection of a fascinating and complicated life dotted with poverty and riches alike, hard menial work, physical suffering relieved by opiates, and the acclaim of literary success.

Author Notes

Madeleine B. Stern is partner in the firm of Rostenberg and Stern Rare Books. She is the editor of several collections of Alcott's works, including The Feminist Alcott: Stories of a Woman's Power; From Jo March's Attic: Stories of Intrigue and Suspense; and Louisa May Alcott Unmasked: Collected Thrillers, all published by Northeastern University Press. A. collection of Stern's essays, Louisa May Alcott: From Blood and Thunder to Hearth and Home, is also published by Northeastern. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the New Editionp. xv
1. The South Endp. 3
2. The Hosmer Cottagep. 16
3. The New Edenp. 31
4. The White Villagep. 44
5. Greenrooms and City Missionsp. 60
6. The Orchard Housep. 79
7. The Union Hotel Hospitalp. 114
8. Plots and Counterplotsp. 128
9. Life in a Pensionp. 145
10. Little Womenp. 161
11. The Grand Tourp. 194
12. The Youth's Companionp. 215
13. Dr. Miller's Bath Hotelp. 240
14. The Gray Townp. 252
15. Yours for Reformp. 278
16. Dunreath Placep. 314
Alcott Bibliographyp. 333
Notes on Sourcesp. 361
Indexp. 405