- Series: The Annotated Books
- Hardcover: 736 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Annotated edition (November 2, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780393072198
- ISBN-13: 978-0393072198
- ASIN: 0393072193
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 2.1 x 10.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"[A] good time ... humanizes Alcott's characters ... [Professor Matteson's] populist approach should be welcomed by a wide readership." -- Library Journal
"Matteson, who won the Pulitzer for his biography of Alcott and her father, brings all his knowledge to bear on this behemoth edition of the novel, brimming over with artifacts and sidebars that ... illuminate this classic novel without defining it." --Genevieve Valentine, National Public Radio
About the Author
Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888) is a much beloved author of American literature, in particular the Little Women trilogy, centered on the semiautobiographical March family (Little Women, Little Men, and Jo’s Boys). Best known in her time for Little Women, An Old-Fashioned Girl, and Little Men, her obituary in the New York Times declared, “There was probably no writer among women better loved by the young than she.”
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There are many never-seen-before photos in this book from the archives of Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House--stunning remnants of a memorable family which include locks of hair from Louisa and Lizzie, rare new photos of Anna, Lizzie's New Testament (only recently discovered) and drawings by May of her nephews. Such remnants link the real Alcott sisters to their fictional counterparts in such an intimate way.
Norton did a magnificent job with assembling and designing this book--my husband said it looked like a Bible! My only quibble is that some of the paintings and drawings printed on the dark side.
Matteson's commentary throughout the book continues the themes begun with the introduction and biography--it is a must to read those parts first to appreciate his notes.
Matteson concludes his biographical account with this sentence: "As a writer, as a person, Louisa May Alcott's greatest success lay in the invisible gifts she gave to others." So true. John Matteson does a magnificent job in extracting those gifts and revealing them to the world.
This is a substantial book with many photos and illustrations for presentation and the perfect gift for the many lovers of Little Women. Yes , it is fairly heavy and hard to read in bed, but I am managing a few blissful pages each night before I drop off and dream of the wonderful March sisters.
I couldn't be more satisfied with this as a gift. My mom was thrilled to get it on Christmas morning... and we now have a family heirloom.
The historical notes and pictures in this edition sets it apart. I chose it after a lengthy shopping process... I recommend it to anyone.