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Titre : Marmee and Louisa (Library Edition): The ...
Éditeur : Tantor Media, Inc, United States
Date d'édition : 2012
Reliure : CD-Audio
Etat du livre : New
Edition : Library ed.
Language: English . Brand New. Since its release nearly one hundred and fifty years ago, Louisa May Alcott s classic Little Women has been a mainstay in American literature, while passionate Jo March and her calm, beloved Marmee have shaped generations of young women. Biographers have consistently credited her father, Bronson Alcott, for Louisa s professional success, assuming that this outspoken idealist was the source of her progressive thinking and remarkable independence.But in this riveting dual biography, Eve LaPlante explodes those myths, drawing on unknown and unexplored letters and journals to show that Louisa s Marmee, Abigail May Alcott, was in fact the intellectual and emotional center of her daughter s world. It was Abigail who urged Louisa to write, who inspired many of her stories, and who gave her the support and courage she needed to pursue her unconventional path. Abigail, long dismissed as a quiet, self-effacing companion to her famous husband and daughter, is revealed here as a politically active feminist firebrand, a fascinating thinker in her own right. Examining family papers, archival documents, and diaries thought to have been destroyed, LaPlante paints an exquisitely moving and utterly convincing portrait of a woman decades ahead of her time-and the fiercely independent daughter who was both inspired and restricted by her mother s dreams of freedom.A story guaranteed to turn all previous scholarship on its head, Marmee and Louisa is a gorgeously written and deeply felt biography of two extraordinary women as well as a key to our understanding of Louisa May Alcott s life and work. N° de réf. du libraire AAC9781452640464
Synopsis : Louisa May Alcott was one of the most successful and bestselling authors of her day, earning more than any of her male contemporaries. Her classic "Little Women "has been a mainstay of American literature since its release nearly 150 years ago, as Jo March and her calm, beloved "Marmee" have shaped and inspired generations of young women. Biographers have consistently attributed Louisa's uncommon success to her father, Bronson Alcott, assuming that this outspoken idealist was the source of his daughter's progressive thinking and remarkable independence. But in this riveting dual biography, award-winning biographer Eve LaPlante explodes these myths, drawing from a trove of surprising new documents to show that it was Louisa's actual "Marmee," Abigail May Alcott, who formed the intellectual and emotional center of her world. Abigail, whose difficult life both inspired and served as a warning to her devoted daughters, pushed Louisa to excel at writing and to chase her unconventional dreams in a male-dominated world. In "Marmee & Louisa, "LaPlante, Abigail's great-niece and Louisa's cousin, re-creates their shared story from diaries, letters, and personal papers, some recently discovered in a family attic and many others that were thought to have been destroyed. Here at last Abigail is revealed in her full complexity--long dismissed as a quiet, self-effacing background figure, she comes to life as a fascinating writer and thinker in her own right. A politically active feminist firebrand, she was a highly opinionated, passionate, ambitious woman who fought for universal civil rights, publicly advocating for abolition, women's suffrage, and other defin-ing moral struggles of her era. In this groundbreaking work, LaPlante paints an exquisitely moving and utterly convincing portrait of a woman decades ahead of her time, and the fiercely independent daughter whose life was deeply entwined with her mother's dreams of freedom. This gorgeously written story of two extraordinary women is guaranteed to transform our view of one of America's most beloved authors.
Critique: "A romance... The eye-opener of Eve LaPlante's marvelous new dual biography...is that Abigail was every inch the social philosopher that Bronson was when it came to issues of abolition and women's rights.... "Marmee & Louisa" charts Abigail's relatively unacknowledgedinfluence as a progressive thinker on her famous daughter Louisa.... When Louisa began to write "Little Women"... she drew material from her mother's approximately 20 volumes of diaries. Until Abigail's death...she was her daughter's closest confidant and biggest booster."--Maureen Corrigan ""NPR ""Fresh Air" "
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