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Book Title: Marmee and Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother|
The author of the book: Eve LaPlante
ISBN 13: 9781452660462
Format files: PDF
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Edition: Tantor Media
Date of issue: November 6th 2012
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Since its release nearly one hundred and fifty years ago, Louisa May Alcott's classic Little Women has been a mainstay in American literature, while passionate Jo March and her calm, beloved "Marmee" have shaped generations of young women. Biographers have consistently credited her father, Bronson Alcott, for Louisa's professional success, assuming that this outspoken idealist was the source of her progressive thinking and remarkable independence.
But in this riveting dual biography, Eve LaPlante explodes those myths, drawing on unknown and unexplored letters and journals to show that Louisa's "Marmee," Abigail May Alcott, was in fact the intellectual and emotional center of her daughter's world. It was Abigail who urged Louisa to write, who inspired many of her stories, and who gave her the support and courage she needed to pursue her unconventional path. Abigail, long dismissed as a quiet, self-effacing companion to her famous husband and daughter, is revealed here as a politically active feminist firebrand, a fascinating thinker in her own right. Examining family papers, archival documents, and diaries thought to have been destroyed, LaPlante paints an exquisitely moving and utterly convincing portrait of a woman decades ahead of her time—and the fiercely independent daughter who was both inspired and restricted by her mother's dreams of freedom.
A story guaranteed to turn all previous scholarship on its head, Marmee and Louisa is a gorgeously written and deeply felt biography of two extraordinary women as well as a key to our understanding of Louisa May Alcott's life and work.
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Read information about the authorMARMEE & LOUISA, Eve's groundbreaking biography of Louisa May Alcott and her mother, is out in paperback. MY HEART IS BOUNDLESS, the first compilation of the private papers of Abigail May Alcott, the real "Marmee," which Eve edited, is also available in paperback.
Eve's previous books are the biographies AMERICAN JEZEBEL and SALEM WITCH JUDGE, the winner of the Massachusetts Book Award for Nonfiction, and SEIZED, a nonfiction portrait of a form of epilepsy that illuminates the mind-body problem. Visit with her online at www.EveLaPlante.com.