Louisa May Alcott

  • by Harriet Reisen
  • Narrated by Harriet Reisen
  • 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Louisa May Alcott portrays a writer as worthy of interest in her own right as her most famous character, Jo March, and addresses all aspects of Alcott's life: the effect of her father's self-indulgent utopian schemes; her family's chronic economic difficulties and frequent uprootings; her experience as a nurse in the Civil War; and the loss of her health and frequent recourse to opiates in search of relief from migraines, insomnia, and symptomatic pain.
Stories and details culled from Alcott's journals; her equally rich letters to family, friends, publishers, and admiring readers; and the correspondence, journals, and recollections of her family, friends, and famous contemporaries provide the basis for this lively account of the author's classic rags-to-riches tale. Alcott would become the equivalent of a multimillionaire in her lifetime based on the astounding sales of her books, leaving contemporaries like Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and Henry James in the dust. This biography explores Alcott's life in the context of her works, all of which are to some extent autobiographical. A fresh, modern take on this remarkable and prolific writer, who secretly authored pulp fiction, harbored radical abolitionist views, and completed heroic service as a Civil War nurse, Louisa May Alcott is also the story of how the all-time beloved American classic Little Women came to be. This revelatory portrait will present the popular author as she was and as she has never been seen before.

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What the Critics Say

"A deliciously palatable biography of the iconic writer." (Kirkus)

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Excellent book, poor narration

In her foreword/prologue, Harriet Reisen says when she first finished reading Little Women, she felt sad that she would never again be able to read the book without knowing what happened to the characters. I felt the same kind of sadness when coming to the end of this book. This is very well written, gripping, and interesting. If it had been narrated by a professional actor/narrator, it would have 5 stars (sorry Ms Reisen). She sometimes sounded like she was falling asleep or eating something, and didn't change tone of voice to indicate a diary extract, letter etc. Quite hard to listen to. If you think you would like the content of the book (which I'm sure you will) I would recommend buying a paperback version, you will also get any potential photos or extras in addition.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-12-2009
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio