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Every year, new young readers continue to fall in love with Alcott's work, from Little Women to her feminist papers. Based on extensive research and access to Alcott's journals and correspondence, Cheever chronicles all aspects of Alcott's life, beginning with the fateful meeting of her parents to her death, just two days after that of her dynamic and domineering father, Bronson. Cheever examines Alcott's role as a woman, a working writer, and a daughter at a time when Alcott's rejection of marriage in favor of independence - a decision to be no man's "little woman" - was seen as defying conventional wisdom.
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By Michelle on 12-15-15
Dispels myth and revels in truth
While some parts focused a bit too much on her father, this book gives a complete picture of the life of a beloved author. Any lover of Little Women should read this book. Rumors abound concerning Alcott's life, and this book sets everything straight with great sensibility and sensitivity. Strongly recommended.
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