Synopses & Reviews
This classic story of the March family women and their lives in New England during the Civil War has remained enduringly popular since its publication in 1868. Poor, argumentative, loving, and optimistic, the March sisters struggle to supplement their family's meager income and realize their own dreams. This highly autobiographical novel shows us women who are strong-minded and independent in their determination to control their own destiny. The introduction to this edition provides a fascinating history of the Alcotts, and a biographical history of Louisa Alcott's own struggles as a writer.
About the Author
Chikahito Harada is currently Counsellor at the Japanese Embassy, London. He wrote this paper while a Research Associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in 1996-1997, on secondment from Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he was Director of the Russian Division. The views
expressed in this paper are the author's own and should not be taken to represent those of the Japanese government.