Little Women: An American Feminist Classic

Author: Louisa May Alcott

Format: Kindle Edition

Pages: 539 pages

Published: November 12 2019

Little Women or, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy is the seminal novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888) which follows the lives of four sisters on a journey out of adolescence, loosely based on the Alcott's own childhood experiences with her three sisters.

Written and published in two parts in 1868 and 1869, the novel follows the lives of four sisters; Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March, and explores the difficulties associated with gender roles in a Post-Civil War America. The two volumes were then issued as a single work entitled 'Little Women' in 1880 and has been a much loved classic ever since.

Little Women diverged notably from any of the contemporary books for girls addressing feminist themes around domesticity, work, true love, and individual identity. Little Women was an immediate commercial and critical success as readers demanded to know more about the March Sisters.

Little Women is a romance, a family drama and a mission to escape the gender constraints of the time. An American Classic its message is as important and enduring today as it was then. A true masterpiece.