Happy Anniversay Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy!

30 Sep

little women

Hello SK Fans,

Another BIG Anniversary today is the publication of “Little Women,” everyone’s favorite book.

Here are a few factoids of Little Women, first published Sept. 30, 1868:

  • I was commissioned to write a book geared for girls, because back in 1868, most young adult books were geared for boys. Publishers began to see a market for books geared for girls as more girls attended school and were capable of reading novels.
  • I spent less than 3 months writing “Little Women” by hand on a wooden slab my father, Bronson Alcott, built for me as a desk in my bedroom.
  • I spent nearly 10 to 14 hours a day writing from May to July.
  • I did not like the story and submitted it with a note to the publisher declaring it the worst material I ever produced.
  • Mr. Wiley, the publisher, did not care much for it either, but his 20-year-old niece read it and LOVED it.
  • A small lot of books was produced.
  • It sold so well, a sequel, entitled “Good Wives” was commissioned by November.
  • “Little Women” and “Good Wives” have never gone out of print since 1868 and 1869 respectively.
  • I was the highest paid and best-selling author of my time, think J.K. Rowling.
  • I never dreamed my three-month labor of love would bring so much to so many generation after generation.

with love, Louisa May Alcatt, xo

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3 Responses to “Happy Anniversay Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy!”

  1. Bruce Thiesen October 2, 2014 at 7:37 am #

    Such a long tail on that 3-month writing effort.

    • Louisa May Alcatt October 2, 2014 at 7:43 am #

      … and, I thought it was trash! We are our own worst critics, xo LMA

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