Little Women (Compact Disc)

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Written in the 1800s and still readable and pertinent for audiences today. Four sisters live with their mother in New England while the father is serving in the Civil War. An interesting portrait of period living. Each sister has a variety of personalities, struggles, and dreams. The sisters befriend a wealthy neighbor, two are interested in him as a suitor; he must choose one. There’s so much more to this classic, but not enough space convey it all. Read it for yourself. Settle in and enjoy.

— Kristen Gilligan, Co-Owner, Tattered Cover


Little Women is one of the best loved books of all time. Lovely Meg, talented Jo, frail Beth, spoiled Amy: these are hard lessons of poverty and of growing up in New England during the Civil War. Through their dreams, plays, pranks, letters, illnesses, and courtships, women of all ages have become a part of this remarkable family and have felt the deep sadness when Meg leaves the circle of sisters to be married at the end of Part I. Part II, chronicles Meg's joys and mishaps as a young wife and mother, Jo's struggle to become a writer, Beth's tragedy, and Amy's artistic pursuits and unexpected romance. Based on Louise May Alcott's childhood, this lively portrait of nineteenth-century family life possesses a lasting vitality that has endeared it to generations of readers.

From the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Louisa May Alcott was born in 1832 in Pennsylvania and grew up in Concord, Massachusetts. She is best known for her books for children. The daughter of philosopher and reformer Amons Bronson Alcott, she was also a supporter of women's rights and an abolitionist. Family debts led her to write the autobiographical novel Little Women (1868). The book was a huge success, followed by Little Men, An Old-Fashioned Girl, and several other novels.

Praise For…

"The American female myth."—Madelon Bedell

From the Paperback edition.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780307747884
ISBN-10: 0307747883
Publisher: Listening Library
Publication Date: February 8th, 2011
Pages: 15
Language: English