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The hit Broadway show of 1912; the lost film of 1919; Katharine Hepburn as Jo sliding down a banister in George Cukor's 1933 movie; Mark English's shimmering 1967 illustrations; Jo this time played by Sutton Foster belting I'll be astonishing in the 2004 Broadway musical flop these are only some of the markers of the afterlife of Little WomenThen there's the nineteenth century child who wrote If you do not make Laurie marry Beth I will never read another of your books as long as I live Not to mention Miss Manners a Little Women devotee who announced that the book taught her an important life lesson Although it's very nice to have two clean gloves it's even important to have a little ink on your fingers In The Afterlife of Little Women Beverly L.

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The Afterlife of Little Women

A long chapter on Little Women's afterlife from the 1960s to the present a period in which the reading of the book seems to decline while scholarly attention expands dramatically and popular echoes continue to proliferateDrawing on letters and library records as well as reviews plays operas film and television adaptations spinoff novels translations Alcott biographies and illustrations Clark demonstrates how the novel resonates with both conservative family values and progressive feminist ones She grounds her story in criticism of children's literature book history cultural studies feminist criticism and adaptation studies Written in an accessible narrative style The Afterlife of Little Women speaks to scholars librarians and devoted Alcott fa.

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Yon Clark a leading authority on children's literature explores these and other after tremors both popular and academic as she maps the reception of Louisa May Alcott's timeless novel first published in 1868Clark divides her discussion into four historical periods The first covers the novel's publication and massive popularity in the late nineteenth century In the second era the first three decades of the twentieth century the novel becomes a nostalgic icon of the domesticity of a previous century while losing status among the literary and scholarly elite In its mid century afterlife 1930 1960 Little Women reaches a low in terms of its critical reputation but remains a well known piece of Americana within popular culture The book concludes with.

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  1. says:

    In 1868 a writer desperate to pull her family out of a lifetime of poverty sits down at the tiny half moon desk in her bedroom to begin work on the book she has dreaded writing Assigned by her publisher to write a girl's book Louisa May Alcott draws upon the lives of the only girls she ever knew herself and he

  2. says:

    This was a great book that dove into the scholarly and post scholarly attention for Little Women The author dove into Alcott's life in a provocative and interesting way through details like Alcott's resistance t

  3. says:

    Clarke examines popular interpretations of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women since its publications with a an emphasis on illustrations and dramatic portrayals She argues that Alcott's text is a mutable and ever changing cultural artifact