By John Matteson
The Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer of Louisa may possibly Alcott illuminates the realm of Little Women and its author.
Since its ebook in 1868–69, Little Women, probably America’s such a lot loved children’s vintage, has been passed down from mom to daughter for generations. it's been translated into greater than fifty languages and encouraged six movies, 4 tv exhibits, a Broadway musical, an opera, and an internet sequence. This lavish, four-color variation good points over 220 curated illustrations, together with stills from the flicks, gorgeous artwork by way of Norman Rockwell, and iconic illustrations by way of children’s-book illustrators Alice Barber Stevens, Frank T. Merrill, and Jessie Wilcox Smith.
Renowned Alcott pupil John Matteson brings his services to the publication, to the March kin it creates, and to the Alcott family members who encouraged all of it. via a number of pictures taken within the Alcott relations domestic expressly for this edition―elder daughter Anna’s marriage ceremony costume, the Alcott sisters’ theater costumes, sister May’s paintings, and Abba Alcott’s recipe book―readers become aware of the intense hyperlinks among the true and the fictitious family.
Matteson’s annotations evoke the once-used gadgets and tradition of a far off yet still-relevant time, from the horse-drawn carriages to the paintings Alcott conscientiously put in her tale to references to folks little recognized at the present time. His marvelous introductory essays study Little Women’s pivotal position in children’s literature and inform the tale of Alcott herself―a story each piece as alluring as her fiction.
complete colour, 233 illustrations