Une année, avec ses joies et ses peines, de la vie de Meg, Jo, Beth et Amy March, quatre soeurs âgées de onze à seize ans. Leur père absent - la guerre de Sécession fait rage et il est aumônier dans l'armée nordiste -, elles aident leur mère à assumer les tâches quotidiennes. Ce qu'elles font avec leur caractère bien différent : Meg, la romantique, qui va éprouver les émois d'un premier amour ; Jo, qui ne se départit jamais d'un humour à toute épreuve ; la généreuse Beth ; la blonde Amy, enfin, qui se laisse aller parfois à une certaine vanité...
Dix ans se sont écoulés depuis Le rêve de Jo March. À côté de Plumfield se dresse désormais une véritable petite université dans laquelle on vient de loin pour étudier. Si les garçons de Jo sont de solides gaillards égaillés de par le monde, ils n'oublient pas pour autant Plumfield ni bien sûr Mme Jo, plus que jamais de bon conseil dans les moments délicats : ceux où les coeurs encore tendres connaissent leurs premières épreuves !
Trois ans ont passé depuis l'épilogue des Quatre filles du docteur March. Les quatre soeurs sont aujourd'hui des jeunes femmes. Meg épouse «son» John et s'épanouit dans son rôle de mère au foyer, Jo continue à écrire et à publier ses nouvelles dans des journaux, Beth toujours aussi discrète et de santé fragile puise dans le quotidien et l'affection des siens la force de vivre tandis qu'Amy, la charmeuse, virevolte tel un papillon et fait battre les coeurs.
L'infatigable Jo March a enfin la vie dont elle rêvait. Sa grande maison - presque aussi grande que son coeur - est toujours ouverte aux enfants défavorisés. Que d'aventures, que de petits drames, que de situations drôles et cocasses ! Quand une bonne douzaine de jeunes garçons vivent ensemble sous la houlette d'une femme telle que Jo, on ne risque guère de s'ennuyer !
Meg, Jo, Beth et Amy vivent aux États-Unis et s'entendent plutôt bien pour des soeurs ! En pleine guerre de Sécession, leur père est parti sur le front, alors tout le monde travaille dur. Mais entre Meg la raisonnable, Jo l'impétueuse, Amy la raffinée et Beth la délicate, les discussions sont passionnées et la maison rarement silencieuse !
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. Through their dreams, plays, pranks, letters, illnesses, and courtships, women of all ages have become a part of this remarkable family and have felt the deep sadness when Meg leaves the circle of sisters to be married at the end of Part I. Part II, chronicles Meg's joys and mishaps as a young wife and mother, Jo's struggle to become a writer, Beth's tragedy, and Amy's artistic pursuits and unexpected romance. Based on Louise May Alcott's childhood, this lively portrait of nineteenth-century family life possesses a lasting vitality that has endeared it to generations of readers.
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'Wouldn't it be fun if all the castles in the air which we make could come true and we could live in them?'
A heart-warming tale of love, sisterhood and hardship during the New England Civil War, Little Women tells the story of the lovable March family. Meg, Beth, Jo and Amy try to support their mother at home while their father is away at war and enter into various scrapes and adventures as they do so. Alcott beautifully interweaves bad times and good as her characters struggle with the trials and tribulations of growing up and their relationships with one another.
Life in the March household is full of adventures and accidents as the four very different March sisters follow their varying paths to adulthood, always maintaining the special bond between them. Sensible Meg, impetuous Jo, shy Beth and artistic Amy each have to confront different challenges as they grow up together and attempt to learn how to be both happy and good.
'As they sat together in the twilight, talking over their small plans, the future always grew so beautiful and bright'Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy have grown up together in Orchard House with their friend Laurie next door, and now it's time for them to go out and find their places in the big wide world, to do the great and marvellous things they've dreamed of and discover their 'castles in the air'. They each find themselves tested, and fall in love, but when tragedy strikes they find their best comfort is in each other, and home.BACKSTORY: Learn more about the unusual author and have a go at making jam!
The four March sisters--Meg, Amy, Beth, and feisty Jo--share the joys and sorrows of growing up while their father is away at war. The family is poor in worldly goods, but rich in love and character.
Although beloved for her children’s classic Little Women, Louisa May Alcott had a passion for sensational literature that she only dared issue anonymously or under a pseudonym. Her favorite among these adult fictions, A Modern Mephistopheles was first published in 1877 and has been rediscovered and published under Alcott’s name.
This chilling tale of lust, deception, and greed beings on a midwinter night as Felix Canaris, a despairing writer about to take his own life, is saved by a knock at the door. His mysterious visitor, Jasper Helwyze, promises the poor student fame and fortune in return for his complete devotion. The embittered Helwyze then plots to corrupt his overly ambitious protégé by artfully manipulating the innocent and beautiful Gladys. When Helwyze decides that he wants Gladys for himself, Felix must defend the adoring young woman from the corrosive influence of his diabolical patron.
A novel of psychological complexity that touches on controversial subjects such as sexuality and drug use, A Modern Mephistopheles is a penetrating and powerful study of human evil and its appalling consequences.
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The third book about the March family and their friends.With two sons of her own, and twelve rescued orphan boys filling the informal school at Plumfield, Jo March (now Jo Bhaer) couldn't be happier. But despite the warm and affectionate help of the whole March family, boys have a habit of getting into scrapes and there are plenty of troubles and adventures ahead.
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Set ten years after 'Little Men', 'Jo's Boys' is the final novel in the unofficial series that follows the ups and downs of the March family.
The Plumfield boys - including rebellious Dan, sailor Emil and promising musician Nat - are now grown up, and finding their places in the world. As they deal with the challenges of growing up, finding careers and falling in love, Jo remains at the heart of the family, steady in her love for her 'boys' as she steers them through young adulthood, and even murder.
Here is a charming and bittersweet conclusion to the story of a family first introduced to us in 'Little Women'.
Rose, a shy orphan, blossoms in the company of her spirited relatives when she takes up residence at "The Aunt Hill." This captivating novel by the author of Little Women offers readers of all ages endearing, inspiring stories about growing up, making friends, and facing life with kindness and courage.
Polly's friendship with the wealthy Shaws of Boston helps them to build a new life and teaches her the truth about the relationship between happiness and riches.
The fourth and last book about the March family.Ten years after the school at Plumfield was founded, there is now a college, built with a legacy from old Mr Lawrence. All Jo's original children are grown young men, scattered around the world, and graceful young women with high ambitions. But young men face as many troubles as children do, and they are still 'Jo's boys'.
A level 4 Oxford Bookworms Library graded reader. Retold for Learners of English by John Escott
When Christmas comes for the four March girls, there is no money for expensive presents and they give away their Christmas breakfast to a poor family. But there are no happier girls in America than Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. They miss their father, of course, who is away at the Civil War, but they try hard to be good so that he will be proud of his 'little women' when he comes home.
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This Ladybird Classic is an abridged retelling of the classic story of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, making it perfect for introducing the story to younger children, or for newly confident readers to tackle alone.Beautiful new illustrations throughout bring the magic of this classic story to a new generation of children.
Published in 1873, this autobiographical novel has been called the adult Little Women. It follows the semi-autobiographical story of an orphan named Christie Devon, who, having turned twenty-one, announces “a new Declaration of Independence” and leaves her uncle’s house in order to pursue economic self-sufficiency and to find fulfillment in her profession. Against the backdrop of the Civil War years, Christie works as a servant, actress, governess, companion, seamstress, and army nurse--all jobs that Alcott knew from personal experience--exposing the often insidious ways in which the employments conventionally available to women constrain their self-determination. Alcott’s most overtly feminist novel, Work breaks new ground in the literary representation of women, as its heroine pushes at the boundaries of nineteenth-century expectations and assumptions. The novel is supplemented here with all the usual Library of America features, plus a conversation with editor Susan Cheever, and a reading group guide.
When "Little Women" came to its last chapter Meg was engaged and the other three March girls, Beth, Jo and Amy, were at the threshold of young-womanhood. "Good Wives" opens three years later, with Meg and her family happily preparing for her marriage to John Brooke.
'Rich or poor, we will keep together and be happy in one another'Christmas won't be the same this year for Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, as their father is away fighting in the Civil War, and the family has fallen on hard times. But though they may be poor, life for the four March sisters is rich with colour, as they play games, put on wild theatricals, make new friends, argue, grapple with their vices, learn from their mistakes, nurse each other through sickness and disappointments, and get into all sorts of trouble.BACKSTORY: Learn all about the author's life and how it inspired her famous story, and find out which of the March sisters you most resemble!
'We always allow one pillow-fight Saturday night'Did you ever wonder what happened to Jo March from Little Women? She grew up, of course, and followed her dream to become a writer. In addition, she opened a school, home to her two children and twelve other boys. There's accident-prone Tommy, bookish Demi, and greedy Stuffy. Into this large, unusual family arrives Nat - a skinny, nervous orphan boy with no schooling, just a fearless talent for the violin. Amid all the scrapes and japes of twelve rambunctious boys, can little Nat find his place at Plumfield? Includes exclusive material: In the 'Backstory' you can find out what inspired the author and test your knowledge of Jo's enormous family...Vintage Children's Classics is a twenty-first century classics list aimed at 8-12 year olds and the adults in their lives. Discover timeless favourites from The Jungle Book and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to modern classics such as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.