Critical Insights: Louisa May Alcott

Critical Insights Series

The series focuses on an individual author's entire body of work, a single work of literature, or a literary theme.

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  • 1 Volume; 300 Pages
  • 10-14 essays offering Current Critical Analysis by Top Literary Scholars
  • Introductory Essay by the Editor
  • Chronology of Author's Life
  • Complete List of Author's Works
  • Publication Dates of Works
  • Detailed Bio of the Editor
  • General Bibliography
  • General Subject Index
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Editor: Greg & Phillips, Anne, Eiselein
January 2016 · 1 volume · 300 pages · 6"x9"

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ISBN: 978-1-61925-521-0
# of Pages: 300
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A great starting point for students seeking an introduction to Louisa May Alcott and the critical discussions surrounding her work.

A 19th century American novelist of the transcendentalist school, Louisa May Alcott is most renowned for Little Women, a coming-of-age children’s tale still popular with readers of all ages today. Essays in this volume take a closer look at Alcott, her beliefs, and her work in Little Women and its two sequels, Little Men and Jo’s Boys.

Some essays in this title focus on indisputably famous books but offer fresh insights about them, while others offer fresh and tantalizing perspectives on lesser-known aspects of Alcott's career. Whatever reader's familiarity with Alcott's life and works, the essays offer diverse and original approaches to literary study, breadth, and depth of literary and cultural history, and an invitation to take part in the ongoing conversation. These essays aim to illuminate not only the specific Alcott texts addressed here but also her entire body of work.

This title is divided into four main sections, starting with Career, Life, and Influence. This section discusses Alcott's career and certain themes of her writings in fairly broad terms. Four Critical Context essays offer top-notch scholarship on an impressive range of Alcott's works. The main section of the book-Critical Readings- provides ten in-depth essays that offer an examination of all aspects of the author.

Each essay is 2,500 to 5,000 words in length, and all essays conclude with a list of "Works Cited," along with endnotes. Finally, the volume's appendixes offer a section of useful reference resources:

A chronology of the author's life
A complete list of the author's works and their original dates of publication
A general bibliography
A detailed paragraph on the volume's editor
Notes on the individual chapter authors
A subject index