Marmee and Louisa (Library Edition): The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother

Eve LaPlante

Edité par Tantor Media, Inc, 2012
ISBN 10: 1452640467 / ISBN 13: 9781452640464
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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

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Synopsis : 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.

About the Author: Eve LaPlante is the author of Seized, American Jezebel, and Salem Witch Judge, the winner of the 2008 Massachusetts Book Award for Nonfiction.

Karen White has been narrating audiobooks since 1999, with more than two hundred to her credit. Honored to be included in AudioFile's Best Voices and Speaking of Audiobooks's Best Romance Audio 2012 and 2013, she is also an Audie Award finalist and has earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards.

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Titre : Marmee and Louisa (Library Edition): The ...
Éditeur : Tantor Media, Inc
Date d'édition : 2012
Reliure : CD-Audio
Etat du livre : New
Edition : Library ed.

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