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Little Women Letters from the House of Alcott   By: (1832-1888)

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LITTLE WOMEN LETTERS FROM THE HOUSE OF ALCOTT

[Illustration: Frontispiece. ORCHARD HOUSE, THE ALCOTT HOMESTEAD.]

LITTLE WOMEN LETTERS FROM THE HOUSE OF ALCOTT

SELECTED BY JESSIE BONSTELLE AND MARIAN DEFOREST

[Illustration]

BOSTON LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY 1914

Copyright, 1914 , BY JOHN S. P. ALCOTT.

All rights reserved

Published, September, 1914

Set up and electrotyped by J. S. Cushing Co., Norwood, Mass., U.S.A. Presswork by S. J. Parkhill & Co., Boston, Mass., U.S.A.

FOREWORD

NEXT to the joy of giving to the Alcott loving public "Little Women" as a play, is the privilege and pleasure of offering this book of letters, revealing the childhood and home life of the beloved Little Women.

May they bring help and happiness to many mothers and inspiration and love to many children.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. THE "REALLY, TRULY" TRUE 1

II. THE ALCOTT BOY; THE ALCOTT MAN 10

III. THE ALCOTT CHILDREN 28

IV. THE ALCOTT BABY BOOK 39

V. LETTERS AND CONVERSATIONS WITH CHILDREN 59

VI. THE MOTHER'S INFLUENCE 98

VII. CHILDREN'S DIARIES 122

VIII. GIRLHOOD AND WOMANHOOD 140

IX. FRIENDSHIPS AND BELIEFS 162

CHRONOLOGY 195

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

Orchard House, the Alcott Homestead Frontispiece

PAGE

A. Bronson Alcott at the age of 53, from the portrait by Mrs. Hildreth 54

Facsimile of Mr. Alcott's Letter to Louisa, Nov. 29, 1839 82

Facsimile of Mr. Alcott's Letter to Louisa, June 21, 1840 86

Facsimile of Mr. Alcott's Letter to Elizabeth, 1840 92

Abigail May, Mrs. A. Bronson Alcott, from a Daguerreotype 106

Anna Bronson Alcott, from a Daguerreotype 122

Abba May Alcott, from a Photograph 142

Louisa May Alcott, from a Daguerreotype 160

LITTLE WOMEN LETTERS FROM THE HOUSE OF ALCOTT

CHAPTER I

THE "REALLY, TRULY" TRUE

WHEN "Little Women," the play, reopened to many readers the pages of "Little Women," the book, that delightful chronicle of family life, dramatist and producer learned from many unconscious sources the depth of Louisa M. Alcott's human appeal. Standing one night at the back of the theater as the audience was dispersing, they listened to its comments on the play.

"A wonderful picture of home life, only we don't have such homes," said a big, prosperous looking man to his wife, with a touch of regret in his voice.

"Yes," agreed his young daughter, a tall, slender, graceful girl, as she snuggled down cosily into her fur coat and tucked a bunch of violets away from the touch of the frosty night, "it is beautiful; but, daddy, it isn't real... Continue reading book >>




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