“[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.
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
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