What would it be like to read actual letters from the March sisters? How would their handwriting appear? What could the composition of such letters reveal about the characters, and how would it affect your reading experience?
You can discover the answers to these intriguing questions and more in an exquisite new edition of Little Women curated by Barbara Heller, the creator of a similar book for Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Heller’s motivation was simple — she wanted to hold letters written by Louisa May Alcott’s timeless characters in her hands. Titled Little Women: The Complete Novel, Featuring the Characters’ Letters and Manuscripts, Written and Folded by Hand (Chronicle Books), this volume includes many of the letters from the book that Marmee, Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy, Mr. March, Laurie, Mr. Laurence and Hannah, the maid, wrote to each other. After conducting meticulous research about the longhand of the time, the type and color of paper used, and the writing instruments and their ink colors, Heller hired talented calligraphists and graphic artists to recreate the correspondences exchanged between the characters.
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One Reply to “Book review: “Letters From “Little Women” Craft Intimacy Between Reader and Alcott’s Beloved Characters” (from BookTrib)”
I saw that at Orchard House and it’s gorgeous! Even the Pickwick Portfolio is handwritten. I have Price and Prejudice and I plan to buy this one too.