Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography

Louisa May Alcott A Personal Biography Louisa May Alcott never intended to write Little Women She had dismissed her publisher s pleas for such a novel Written out of necessity to support her family the book had an astounding success that

  • Title: Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography
  • Author: Susan Cheever
  • ISBN: 9781416569916
  • Page: 282
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Louisa May Alcott never intended to write Little Women She had dismissed her publisher s pleas for such a novel Written out of necessity to support her family, the book had an astounding success that changed her life, a life which turned out very differently from that of her beloved heroine Jo March In Louisa May Alcott, Susan Cheever, the acclaimed author of AmericanLouisa May Alcott never intended to write Little Women She had dismissed her publisher s pleas for such a novel Written out of necessity to support her family, the book had an astounding success that changed her life, a life which turned out very differently from that of her beloved heroine Jo March In Louisa May Alcott, Susan Cheever, the acclaimed author of American Bloomsbury, returns to Concord, Massachusetts, to explore the life of one of its most iconic residents Based on extensive research, journals, and correspondence, Cheever s biography chronicles all aspects of Alcott s life, from the fateful meeting of her parents to her death, just two days after that of her father She details Bronson Alcott s stalwart educational vision, which led the Alcotts to relocate each time his progressive teaching went sour her unsuccessful early attempts at serious literature, including Moods, which Henry James panned her time as a Civil War nurse, when she contracted pneumonia and was treated with mercury laden calomel, which would affect her health for the rest of her life and her vibrant intellectual circle of writers and reformers, idealists who led the charge in support of antislavery, temperance, and women s rights Alcott s independence defied the conventional wisdom, and her personal choices and literary legacy continue to inspire generations of women A fan of Little Women from the age of twelve, and a distinguished author in her own right, Cheever brings a unique perspective to Louisa May Alcott s life as a woman, a daughter, and a working writer.

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    1. Louisa May Alcott lived a fascinating life, and this comes through in Susan Cheever's biography, yet the book is a let down. Perhaps the problem with the book is it's subtitle, "a personal biography." Most of the book isn't a "personal biography," whatever that means, but occasionally Cheever interjects tidbits about herself, makes grand generalizations about women and life, that distract from the narrative of the biography. While bias is unavoidable, I felt that Cheever's voice was too strong a [...]

    2. I downloaded this audiobook from my library not so much because I wanted to hear about the life of Louisa May Alcott as much as I wanted to hear what it was like to grow up surrounded by people like Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Bronson Alcott, William Ellery Channing and Henry James. Probably 80% of the book was devoted to her friends, families, and homes rather than about her life.Apparently, Louisa developed a lifetime crush on Emerson. Who wouldn't? The next [...]

    3. I am a sucker for a Louisa May Alcott biography. This one, however, was not very good. It did not have a very good sense of chronology (especially in LMA's later years) and you would think she only wrote three books. The Author also never lets you forget that she is the child of a famous author as well. She also claims this is "a personal biography", and that she spent a lot of time with original letters and diaries, but it really doesn't appear so from the text, which often seems to be a summar [...]

    4. This is somewhere between a 2 and a 3. I found parts of this really fascinating and compelling for reasons I don't care to go into. (I get the feeling I am crazy in all the same ways as Louisa May Alcott). But the historiography and frankly, the history in some places, is problematic. Two examples: she constantly mentions that doctors didn't wash their hands, but she never mentions Semmelweis and also gives the impression that all surgery was a death sentence. She also relates the story of the i [...]

    5. Read this while listening to an audio version of Little Women, which made for a great experience for both books. "What is the connection of fictional characters to the writer and to the people in the world around the writer?" Cheever asks, a pertinent question for any biography of Louisa May Alcott (whatever the subtitle). Are the Alcotts the Marches, are the Marches the Alcotts? Readers for 150 years have been asking this, and Cheever's answer at least is that they are, and they aren't, and whi [...]

    6. 1 - both my library and nearest Half Price Books have this under "Alcott" in the fiction section. It's by Cheever and non-fiction.2 - There are a lot of really irrelevant to Alcott but not the times historical facts in here that are definitely geared towards a reader who didn't pay attention in US History at all. It's a little patronizing sometimes and not gracefully done, they're all rather clunkily inserted.3 - The author makes a lot of parallels between her and Alcott's life and in a way that [...]

    7. I read this biography a few years back and I can't really recall why I decided to check out this particular book at the book store, but it caught my attention and raised my interest from the first chapter. The genre of biography is not as familiar to me; however, I found the author's execution of disclosing facts very informational and also entertaining. There was a slow moving portion at the beginning of the book that focuses more on Alcott's father, but that was necessary in order to grasp the [...]

    8. Anyone who has ever loved Little Women, will adore this biography. Susan Cheever, author of a book I previously read, American Bloomsbury, has written a wonderful, well-researched book on one of my childhood's best-loved writers. Ms. Cheever tells of Alcott's journey, difficult as it may have been, with the eyes of a fan. This is not a snarky, "I can't understand her fame" books. I am going to re-read my old favorite Alcott books, beginning tonight. One is never too old for a good story. I highl [...]

    9. I think I would have enjoyed this more if there had been fewer of the author's modern day observations throughout the book. It would have made more sense if such comments had been left in the beginning or at the end.

    10. There seems to be a boom in books about Louisa May Alcott. Perhaps there are more out there, but this is the third bio I've read in 3 years (plus a novel last summer). Both Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father and the Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women are traditional biographies in that they recount Louisa May Alcott's life through careful sifting of the existing records. Cheever's sub-title "A Personal Biography" signals that this will be different - a b [...]

    11. Susan Cheever did her homework for this biography of the Author of American Girl's most beloved book, Little Women, but sometimes I felt like she jumped to conclusions that weren't documented, only speculated upon. There were a lot of details of the time period that I found interesting, but I felt like Louisa May Alcotts life was looked at through the purple-colored glasses of the 21st Century. (Cautionjust set up my soapbox) This is what makes me frustrated about our day: WHY is everything view [...]

    12. When I was a kid my mother took to visit the Alcott home in Concord, Massachusetts, and I still remember the thrill of being in the very same house Louis May Alcott lived and wrote in. So it was a bit disappointing to discover, in the course of listening to this biography, that the house I had visited was not really Alcott's childhood home, or that the warm, close-knit family that I had imagine living there didn't really exist. But really, that was the only disappointment I experienced while lis [...]

    13. I plan to visit Orchard House soon so wanted to get some background on Louisa May Alcott, the author of my favorite childhood book. So I persevered to the end of this terrible book, even though there was something irritating on almost every page. The book reads like a first draft that was untouched by an editor. The language is unbearably awkward, there are numerous punctuation errors, and the book is riddled with non sequiturs. As others have noted, Cheever's musings often feel intrusive and ir [...]

    14. I wanted to read this book because I like the whole idea of New England as a furnace of writing and intellect and policy in the Nineteenth Century. Plus, although I am a guy, I really liked Little Women --- mainly because I think that LMA is a good storyteller. I also had visited Concord and went to tour "The Orchards" which was one of the longer term Alcott homes and where LMA churned out Little Women.I am still unsure what Ms. Cheever means by a "personal biography" (her book's subtitle) and, [...]

    15. Cheever, Susan. Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography. 8CDs. 9.5 Hours. Tantor Media, Inc. 2010. ISBN: 978-1-4001-1790-1 $34.99. NFA thorough examination of the life of Louisa and her parents. With references to Louisa's journals, correspondence and previously written biographies, Cheever presents every detail of Alcott's life through the lens of current events such as abolitionism and the Civil War. She is brutally honest, including hints that Bronson may have sexually abused his daughters. A [...]

    16. Thoughtful context for the pioneering tomboy. Papa Bronson Alcott was a giant pain in the neck, despite his satchel-full of utopian schemes, and it's a wonder the girl was not crushed beneath his giant ego. Not surprising that Susan Cheever manages a sensitive analysis of a family with a father writer/philosopher and worshiping, yet very independent, daughter. Louisa's "room with a view" was a tiny writing desk, and tales of her competing with rats and wasps in the attic to get some personal spa [...]

    17. This is the first biography of Louisa that I have ever read, but it won't be the last. One of the ways that I know I've read a good book is that it makes me want to read about 10 other books - in this case a few more bios of Louisa, something by and about Emerson and Thoreau, and certainly to revisit the Marches. And considering my interest in simplicity, it's kinda ridiculous that I've never read Walden. And I want to know about Transcendentalism. And I want to read Hospital Sketches. And I won [...]

    18. I never actually read "Little Women", but it was impossible to avoid Louisa May Alcott growing up in Massachusetts. Even if you don't appreciate her work this is still an excellent history book. Cheever does an excellent job in explaining the relationships between the New England transcendentalists and their influence on America. It's interesting how much their attitudes were similar to the modern day hippie movement -- open relationships, vegetarianism, nudism, etc. It's all there. The accounts [...]

    19. I didn't have very high hopes for this. I liked Little Women as much as the next bookish girl, but was never especially obsessed with it as I was other books--I never could relate to Jo, clearly intended to be the most sympathetic sister, with her tyrannical moodiness and her contempt for the silly trappings of other females. And to the extent that I thought of Louisa May Alcott at all, it certainly wasn't as the kind of colorful character about whom I'd want to read a biography. But this was un [...]

    20. Interesting If you never read a bio of LMA before, don't start with this one: it's not a full-scale biography. It's part biography, part autobiography, and part examination of the relationship between the biographer and her subject. Susan Cheever's relationship to her father affects her vision of Bronson Alcott, as she says, and her scholarship into LMA's life allows her to point out discrepancies in existing biographies.It's impossible to write a book about LMA that I wouldn't want to read, an [...]

    21. I have my doubts about this one given that I didn't much like the tone/slant of American Bloomsbury, Cheever's first run at Alcott et al. Also, I loved Harriet Reisen's recent Louisa May Alcott bio, and it seems a bit cheeky to be billing Cheever's forthcoming one as the "definitive" biography on the heels of that excellent work. But I will pick it up when it comes out and give it a chance all the same.

    22. Picked this book up at Book People in Austin, Texas last December and read it straight through. I really enjoyed it and decided, based on the book, to order some other Alcott work, with an eye towards incorporating her into my American Studies class. Much better, I think, than Cheever's American Bloomsbury, which, although good, does not capture my heart and brain as do the original Bloomsbury group.

    23. A must read for any Alcott fan. Cheever does a great job exploring the real life experiences that inspired Alcott's masterpiece, Little Women. Throughout her life Louisa May Alcott defied societal wisdom by refusing to settle for a life of domestic certainty. Her life at times paralleled that of her most famous character, "Jo.". As a result, she was able to experience life beyond the constraints available to most women of her time. This was a worthy, quick read.

    24. I think a "personal Biography" means there are other good bios of Louisa, so I won't write one, but I liked to nose around about the topic, so here is when I visited the Alcott home in Concord. And here's a re-cap of civil war news. Read a real book about the topic, not this nonsense.

    25. Good for Little Women or Alcott fans. More like "musings" than a biography -- but nice info about Concord and the Alcotts, Emersons.

    26. 3.5 stars. An informative read that interweaves in great detail Louisa may Alcott's personal history with that of the USA during civil war.

    27. Oh, dear reader, beware when a book is subtitled "A Personal Biography." It's code for "Let me shoe-horn in whatever historical knowledge or unexamined generalization or personal experience I see fit into the progression of my manuscript." I am committed to finishing the book because I want knowledge about the author; what I get is Cheever's knowledge about the author. There is little in the way of primary material or quotations--perhaps because she thinks other biographers have adequately cover [...]

    28. Personal in the sense that we connect with the author as well as the subject. It is as much an exploration of the craft of writing as it is biography.Having of course read Little Women and grown up two towns away from Concord and visited Orchard House I felt I 'knew' Alcott but this book shows her struggle to maintain her family while dealing with health issues and the tribulation of being a woman in the 19th century.

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