Black and white line drawings in the 1880 version of Little Women

In response to a reader’s question about line drawings in an older version of Little Women, Harriet Reisen suggested that the drawings of Frank Thayer Merrill were perhaps the ones she was thinking of . I found 3 online (2 suggested by Harriet) and each came from an interesting article so I’m posting the links to the articles as well. Harriet mentioned that she was able to use the drawings in her DVD documentary on Louisa May Alcott. She writes, “We used the Merrill drawings in the film because they were in the public domain – and charming.  They illustrated the 1880 edition for which LMA excised the “slang,” such as “I guess” for “I suppose.”  Christopher Columbus!”

Here are the links to the articles:

http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Fin_Aids/Merrill_Alcott.htm

http://www.neh.gov/news/humanities/2009-11/LittleWoman.html

http://antiquesandthearts.com/GH0-06-18-2002-11-23-47

And here’s a slide show of the 3 drawings:

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3 thoughts on “Black and white line drawings in the 1880 version of Little Women

  1. hopewellmomschoolagain says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Yours looks very, very interesting! I KNOW I’ll be back to read more!

  2. Gina says:

    I love the one with Jo and Laurie. I believe that the Concord musuem had an exhibit with these pics. WIsh I could have seen it .

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