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Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women

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Publisher Comments:

Louisa May Alcott portrays a writer as worthy of interest in her own right as her most famous character, Jo March, and addresses all aspects of Alcott's life: the effect of her father's self-indulgent utopian schemes; her family's chronic economic difficulties and frequent uprootings; her experience as a nurse in the Civil War; and the loss of her health and frequent recourse to opiates in search of relief from migraines, insomnia, and symptomatic pain. Stories and details culled from Alcott's journals; her equally rich letters to family, friends, publishers, and admiring readers; and the correspondence, journals, and recollections of her family, friends, and famous contemporaries provide the basis for this lively account of the author's classic rags-to-riches tale.

Alcott would become the equivalent of a multimillionaire in her lifetime based on the astounding sales of her books, leaving contemporaries like Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and Henry James in the dust. This biography explores Alcott's life in the context of her works, all of which are to some extent autobiographical. A fresh, modern take on this remarkable and prolific writer, who secretly authored pulp fiction, harbored radical abolitionist views, and completed heroic service as a Civil War nurse, Louisa May Alcott is also the story of how the all-time beloved American classic Little Women came to be. This revelatory portrait will present the popular author as she was and as she has never been seen before.

Review:

"If Beth, Meg, Amy, and Jo are forever fixed in your memory, you'll be fascinated by this well-researched and well-written biography of the author of Little Women. But Reisen is only an adequate reader of her own work. She has a lovely low-pitched voice, but a narrow vocal range and little ability to provide dramatic energy or diversity to her narrative and characters. This diminishes the listener's emotional connection to members of the Alcott family and the famous transcendentalists and feminists who peopled Louisa's very turbulent life. A Holt hardcover (Reviews, July 20). (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Historical documentarian Harriet Reisen presents a vivid, energetic account of the life of Louisa May Alcott, the first complete biography of the beloved author whose work has delighted millions of readers.

About the Author

Harriet Reisen has directed, produced, and developed new programs in various facets of media, including television, radio, print, and publicity. Her writing has spanned comedy, drama, nonfiction, documentary, magazine journalism, radio commentary, film criticism, children's books, and songs. Over the past twenty years, what began as an idea for a film biography of Louisa May Alcott developed into a passion for the subject herself. A former fellow in screenwriting at the American Film Institute, Reisen has written dramatic and historical documentary scripts for PBS and HBO, and radio commentary for Morning Edition and Marketplace. She lives in Massachusetts. Harriet Reisen has directed, produced, and developed new programs in various facets of media, including television, radio, print, and publicity. Her writing has spanned comedy, drama, nonfiction, documentary, magazine journalism, radio commentary, film criticism, children's books, and songs. Over the past twenty years, what began as an idea for a film biography of Louisa May Alcott developed into a passion for the subject herself. A former fellow in screenwriting at the American Film Institute, Reisen has written dramatic and historical documentary scripts for PBS and HBO, and radio commentary for Morning Edition and Marketplace. She lives in Massachusetts.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400114450
Author:
Reisen, Harriet
Publisher:
Tantor Media Inc
Location:
Old Saybrook
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Subject:
General Biography
Edition Description:
Unabridged,Unabridged CD
Publication Date:
20091131
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.3 x 6.4 x 1.1 in 0.6 lb
Media Run Time:
810

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Biography » Women

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "If Beth, Meg, Amy, and Jo are forever fixed in your memory, you'll be fascinated by this well-researched and well-written biography of the author of Little Women. But Reisen is only an adequate reader of her own work. She has a lovely low-pitched voice, but a narrow vocal range and little ability to provide dramatic energy or diversity to her narrative and characters. This diminishes the listener's emotional connection to members of the Alcott family and the famous transcendentalists and feminists who peopled Louisa's very turbulent life. A Holt hardcover (Reviews, July 20). (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Historical documentarian Harriet Reisen presents a vivid, energetic account of the life of Louisa May Alcott, the first complete biography of the beloved author whose work has delighted millions of readers.
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