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NYSL: Susan Cheever on "Louisa May Alcott"

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Published on Nov 4, 2010

http://www.nysoclib.org/notes/2010/al...

Susan Cheever's comprehensive and definitive biography sheds new light on of life of Louisa May Alcott, whose work has inspired generations of women. Cheever examines Alcott as a woman, a working writer, and a daughter at a time when Alcott's rejection of marriage - her refusal to be any man's little woman - defied conventional wisdom.

Award-winning biographer Michael Korda says, "To make the past not only comprehensible, but relevant to the present is a noble task. Louisa May Alcott is at once the story of an extraordinary life, family and milieu. The author of Little Women turns out to be as fascinating to read about as the characters in her novel, and her problems prefigure many of those which women are still sorting out for themselves today. Alcott is both a child of the 19th Century enlightenment and very modern - another splendid piece of work with hidden depths by Susan Cheever."

Susan Cheever is the bestselling author of eleven previous books, including five novels and the memoirs Note Found in a Bottle and Home Before Dark. Her work has been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the Boston Globe Winship Medal. She is a Guggenheim Fellow, a member of the Corporation of Yaddo, and a member of the Authors Guild Council. She teaches in the Bennington College M.F.A. program.

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