Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters

Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters

by Anne Boyd Rioux


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“[An] affectionate and perceptive tribute.”—Wendy Smith, Boston Globe

In Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy, Anne Boyd Rioux brings a fresh and engaging look at the circumstances leading Louisa May Alcott to write Little Women and why this beloved story of family and community ties set in the Civil War has resonated with audiences across time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393357271
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/13/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 86,544
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Anne Boyd Rioux, a professor at the University of New Orleans, is the author of Constance Fenimore Woolson: Portrait of a Lady Novelist and Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters, and the editor of Woolson’s Miss Grief and Other Stories. Rioux has received two National Endowment for the Humanities Awards, one for public scholarship, and lives in New Orleans.

Table of Contents

Prologue: "Our Book" xi

Part I The Making of a Classic

1 "Pegging away": The Road to Little Women 3

2 "We really lived most of it": Making Up Little Women 19

3 "Fresh, sparkling, … full of soul": The Phenomenon of Little Women 46

Part II The Life of a Classic

4 "See her … living … the immortal Jo!": Little Women on Stage and Screen 81

5 "The mother of us all": Little Women's Cultural and Literary Influence 115

6 "A divided house of a book": Reading Little Women 135

Part III A Classic for Today

7 "A private book for girls": Can Boys Read Little Women? 161

8 "Being someone": Growing Up Female with Little Women 180

9 "Wanting to be Rory, but better": Little Women and Girls' Stories Today 204

Acknowledgments 223

Notes 227

Index 257

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