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Behind a Mask and Marjorie's Three Gifts

Behind a Mask and Marjorie's Three Gifts( )
Author: Alcott, Louisa May
ISBN:978-1-4346-1996-9
Publication Date:Apr 2007
Publisher:Creative Media Partners, LLC
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $21.99
Book Description:

Miss Muir " announced a servant and a little black-robed figure stood in the doorway. For an instant no one stirred and the governess had time to see and be seen before a word was uttered. All looked at her and she cast on the household group a keen glance that impressed them curiously; then her eyes fell and bowing slightly she walked in. Edward came forward and received her with the frank cordiality which nothing could daunt or chill. (Excerpt)

Book Details
Pages:154
Detailed Subjects: Fiction / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):7.44 x 9.69 Inches
Author Biography
Alcott, Louisa May (Author)
Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, in 1832. Two years later, she moved with her family to Boston and in 1840 to Concord, which was to remain her family home for the rest of her life. Her father, Bronson Alcott, was a transcendentalist and friend of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. Alcott early realized that her father could not be counted on as sole support of his family, and so she sacrificed much of her own pleasure to earn money by sewing, teaching, and churning out potboilers. Her reputation was established with Hospital Sketches (1863), which was an account of her work as a volunteer nurse in Washington, D.C.

Alcott's first works were written for children, including her best-known Little Women (1868--69) and Little Men: Life at Plumfield with Jo's Boys (1871). Moods (1864), a "passionate conflict," was written for adults. Alcott's writing eventually became the family's main source of income.

Throughout her life, Alcott continued to produce highly popular and idealistic literature for children. An Old-Fashioned Girl (1870), Eight Cousins (1875), Rose in Bloom (1876), Under the Lilacs (1878), and Jack and Jill (1881) enjoyed wide popularity. At the same time, her adult fiction, such as the autobiographical novel Work: A Story of Experience (1873) and A Modern Mephistopheles (1877), a story based on the Faust legend, shows her deeper concern with such social issues as education, prison reform, and women's suffrage. She realistically depicts the problems of adolescents and working women, the difficulties of relationships between men and women, and the values of the single woman's life.

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