Eden's Outcasts

Eden's Outcasts

The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father

Book - 2007
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Louisa May Alcott's name is known universally. Yet, during her youth, the famous Alcott was her father, Bronson--an eminent teacher, lecturer, and admired friend of Emerson and Thoreau. Willful and exuberant, Louisa flew in the face of all her father's intricate theories of child rearing. She, in turn, could not understand the frugal life Bronson preached, one that reached its epitome in the failed utopian community of Fruitlands. In a family that insisted on self-denial and spiritual striving, Louisa dreamed of wealth and fame. At the same time, like most daughters, she wanted her father's approval. As her father struggled to recover from a breakdown and slowly resurrect his career, Louisa learned to support her family, teaching if she must, but finally finding her vocation in writing. This story of their tense yet loving relationship adds dimensions to Louisa's life, her work, and the relationships of fathers and daughters.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 2007.
ISBN: 9780393059649
Branch Call Number: 813 ALC M
Characteristics: x, 497 p. : ill., ports.


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Apr 16, 2013

A very well-written book that informed my understanding of the Alcott's relationship to the Transcendentalist Movement of the 19th Century. A nuanced look at the Alcott family as well - much more interesting than Little Women!

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