Beautiful Little Women book covers

Check out all the beautiful book covers of Little Women from its publication to the present – quite a collection. Nice summary too, here’s a tease:

 The Reference Guide to American Literature describes the creation of the book(s) in this way: “Alcott’s purpose in writing Little Women was not to create a nostalgic portrait of an idyllic childhood, though the book is often read as such. She wrote it to make money.” Horn Book’s article “Introduction to the Centennial Edition of Little Women” by Cornelia Meigs goes into a bit more detail on the matter. “In September, 1867, [Alcott] mentions in her diary that Mr. Thomas Niles of Roberts Brothers had asked her for a book for girls. It seems to have been somewhat of a shot in the dark even for him; for her it was even more unpromising than that. She agreed to try, but linked the task so little that she did not go on with it. Other and easier-seeming undertakings were allowed to come in the way and in May, 1867, she sent her father to Mr. Niles to ask him if he would not be interested in a fairy book. Thomas Niles answered firmly that he wanted a book for girls.” And so, dear reader, she did.

Click here to see the covers and read the rest. Thanks to Jeannine for the tip!

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3 Replies to “Beautiful Little Women book covers”

  1. This is quite an important discovery (for me!). Miss Alcott was asked to write a girls’ book? And she didn’t quite have the inspiration for it? And yet a wonderful story came out of it?! That is amazing. And the book covers are a beautiful timeline.

    1. Honestly, I think some people work best when assigned something and they’re under the pressure of a deadline. Louisa being a consummate pro would rise to the challenge. I know when I used to write songs that some of my best ones came by being assigned something specific. Suddenly the job gets a lot easier!

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