Development history[ edit ] InThomas Niles, the publisher of Louisa May Alcott, recommended that she write a book about girls that would have widespread appeal. Niles pressed her to write the girls' book first, and he was aided by her father Amos Bronson Alcottwho also urged her to do so. I said I'd try. But Niles' niece Lillie Almy read them and said she enjoyed them.
The girls decide that they will each buy themselves a present in order to brighten their Christmas. Soon, however, they change their minds and decide that instead of buying presents for themselves, they will buy presents for their mother, Marmee. Marmee comes home with a letter from Mr. The letter inspires the girls to bear their burdens more cheerfully and not to complain about their poverty.
Later that day, Marmee encourages them to give away their breakfast to a poor family, the Hummels. Their elderly neighbor, Mr. Laurence, whom the girls have never met, rewards their charitable activities by sending over a feast.
At the party, Jo retreats to an alcove, and there meets Laurie, the boy who lives with Mr. While dancing, Meg sprains her ankle. Laurie escorts the sisters home.
The Marches regret having to return to their daily routine after the holiday festivities. Jo visits Laurie when he is sick, and meets his grandfather, Mr.
She inadvertently insults a painting of Mr. Laurence in front of the man himself. Laurence meets all the sisters, and Beth becomes his special favorite. The girls have various adventures. Amy is caught trading limes at school, and the teacher hits her as punishment.
As a result, Mrs. March withdraws her daughter from school. Jo refuses to let Amy go with her to the theater. While at the party, she hears that people think she intends to marry Laurie for his money.
That year, the Marches form the Pickwick Club, in which they write a family newspaper. In the spring, Jo smuggles Laurie into one of the club meetings, and he becomes a member, presenting his new circle with a postbox.
At the beginning of June, the Marches decide to neglect their housework. At the end of a lazy week, Marmee takes a day off too. The girls spoil a dinner, but everyone ends up laughing over it.
One day, Laurie has English friends over, and the Marches go on a picnic with them. Later, Jo gets a story published for the first time. One dark day, the family receives a telegram saying that Mr. March is sick in the hospital in Washington, D.
Marmee goes to tend to him, and Jo sells her hair to help finance the trip. Only Beth goes to visit the Hummels, and after one of her visits, she contracts scarlet fever from the Hummel baby.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.
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Plot Overview. Alcott prefaces Little Women with an excerpt from John Bunyan’s seventeenth-century work The Pilgrim’s Progress, an allegorical novel about leading a Christian life. Alcott’s story begins with the four March girls—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy—sitting in their living room, lamenting their poverty.
Watch video · Jo. The second-oldest March sister Alcott based on herself. She was an avid runner and tree-climber until the Civil War, when she served as a nurse and contracted typhoid pneumonia.
Jo also writes the first part of Little Women during the second portion of the novel. According to Elbert, "her narration signals a successfully completed adolescence". According to Elbert, "her narration signals a successfully completed adolescence".
Jo's book was the pride of her heart, and was regarded by her family as a literary sprout of great promise. It was only half a dozen little fairy tales, but Jo had worked over them patiently, putting her whole heart into her work, hoping to make something good enough to print.