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An Old-Fashioned Girl

An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott

Polly Milton, a 14-year-old country girl, visits her friend Fanny Shaw and her wealthy family in the city for the first time. Poor Polly is overwhelmed by the splendor at the Shaws’ and their urbanized, fashionable lifestyles, fancy clothes and some other habits she considers weird and, mostly, unlikable. However, Polly’s warmth, support and kindness eventually win her the hearts of all the family members. Six years later, Polly comes back to the city to become a music teacher.

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By Louisa M. Alcott


AS a preface is the only place where an author can with propriety explain a purpose or apologize for shortcomings, I venture to avail myself of the privilege to make a statement for the benefit of my readers.

As the first part of "An Old Fashioned Girl" was written in 1869, the demand for a sequel, in beseeching little letters that made refusal impossible, rendered it necessary to carry my heroine boldly forward some six or seven years into the future. The domestic nature of the story makes this audacious proceeding possible; while the lively fancies of my young readers will supply all deficiencies, and overlook all discrepancies.

This explanation will, I trust, relieve those well regulated minds, who cannot conceive of such literary lawlessness, from the bewilderment which they suffered when the same experiment was tried in a former book.

The "Old Fashioned Girl" is not intended as a perfect model, but as a possible improvement upon [Page] the Girl of the Period, who seems sorrowfully ignorant or ashamed of the good old fashions which make woman truly beautiful and honored, and, through her, render home what it should be, a happy place, where parents and children, brothers and sisters, learn to love and know and help one another... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 4 reviews)

Reviewer: - August 9, 2015
Subject: Old Fashioned Girl
Great reader/storyteller! My daughter had this on her reading list for school. This audio version really helped me know the story too since I didn't have time to sit down and read it.
Reviewer: - May 1, 2014
I love this book
May 31, 2013
Ah, lovely. This is a wonderful book and the reader made this wonderful story come to life even more.
Reviewer: - November 13, 2012
I've loved this book for many years and its so hard to find in print nowadays. Thus, I was excited to find this audio book and the reader really did an excellent job. She is very professional and should do more!

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