Critical Insights: Louisa May Alcott
Ed. Greg Eiselein and Anne Phillips
Salem Press, 2016
A great starting point for students seeking an introduction to Louisa May Alcott and the critical discussions surrounding her work.
A 19th century American novelist of the transcendentalist school, Louisa May Alcott is most renowned for Little Women, a coming-of-age children’s tale still popular with readers of all ages today. Essays in this volume take a closer look at Alcott, her beliefs, and her work in Little Women and its two sequels, Little Men and Jo’s Boys.
Some essays in this title focus on indisputably famous books but offer fresh insights about them, while others offer fresh and tantalizing perspectives on lesser-known aspects of Alcott’s career. Whatever reader’s familiarity with Alcott’s life and works, the essays offer diverse and original approaches to literary study, breadth, and depth of literary and cultural history, and an invitation to take part in the ongoing conversation. These essays aim to illuminate not only the specific Alcott texts addressed here but also her entire body of work.