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