Marmee and Louisa - The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother-logo

Marmee and Louisa - The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother

Eve LaPlante

Since its release nearly one hundred and fifty years ago, Louisa May Alcott's classic Little Women has been a mainstay in American literature, while passionate Jo March and her calm, beloved "Marmee" have shaped generations of young women. Biographers have consistently credited her father, Bronson Alcott, for Louisa's professional success, assuming that this outspoken idealist was the source of her progressive thinking and remarkable independence. But in this riveting dual biography, Eve LaPlante explodes those myths, drawing on unknown and unexplored letters and journals to show that Louisa's "Marmee," Abigail May Alcott, was in fact the intellectual and emotional center of her daughter's world. It was Abigail who urged Louisa to write, who inspired many of her stories, and who gave her the support and courage she needed to pursue her unconventional path. Abigail, long dismissed as a quiet, self-effacing companion to her famous husband and daughter, is revealed here as a politically active feminist firebrand, a fascinating thinker in her own right. Examining family papers, archival documents, and diaries thought to have been destroyed, LaPlante paints an exquisitely moving and utterly convincing portrait of a woman decades ahead of her time-and the fiercely independent daughter who was both inspired and restricted by her mother's dreams of freedom. A story guaranteed to turn all previous scholarship on its head, Marmee and Louisa is a gorgeously written and deeply felt biography of two extraordinary women as well as a key to our understanding of Louisa May Alcott's life and work.

Since its release nearly one hundred and fifty years ago, Louisa May Alcott's classic Little Women has been a mainstay in American literature, while passionate Jo March and her calm, beloved "Marmee" have shaped generations of young women. Biographers have consistently credited her father, Bronson Alcott, for Louisa's professional success, assuming that this outspoken idealist was the source of her progressive thinking and remarkable independence. But in this riveting dual biography, Eve LaPlante explodes those myths, drawing on unknown and unexplored letters and journals to show that Louisa's "Marmee," Abigail May Alcott, was in fact the intellectual and emotional center of her daughter's world. It was Abigail who urged Louisa to write, who inspired many of her stories, and who gave her the support and courage she needed to pursue her unconventional path. Abigail, long dismissed as a quiet, self-effacing companion to her famous husband and daughter, is revealed here as a politically active feminist firebrand, a fascinating thinker in her own right. Examining family papers, archival documents, and diaries thought to have been destroyed, LaPlante paints an exquisitely moving and utterly convincing portrait of a woman decades ahead of her time-and the fiercely independent daughter who was both inspired and restricted by her mother's dreams of freedom. A story guaranteed to turn all previous scholarship on its head, Marmee and Louisa is a gorgeously written and deeply felt biography of two extraordinary women as well as a key to our understanding of Louisa May Alcott's life and work.
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Since its release nearly one hundred and fifty years ago, Louisa May Alcott's classic Little Women has been a mainstay in American literature, while passionate Jo March and her calm, beloved "Marmee" have shaped generations of young women. Biographers have consistently credited her father, Bronson Alcott, for Louisa's professional success, assuming that this outspoken idealist was the source of her progressive thinking and remarkable independence. But in this riveting dual biography, Eve LaPlante explodes those myths, drawing on unknown and unexplored letters and journals to show that Louisa's "Marmee," Abigail May Alcott, was in fact the intellectual and emotional center of her daughter's world. It was Abigail who urged Louisa to write, who inspired many of her stories, and who gave her the support and courage she needed to pursue her unconventional path. Abigail, long dismissed as a quiet, self-effacing companion to her famous husband and daughter, is revealed here as a politically active feminist firebrand, a fascinating thinker in her own right. Examining family papers, archival documents, and diaries thought to have been destroyed, LaPlante paints an exquisitely moving and utterly convincing portrait of a woman decades ahead of her time-and the fiercely independent daughter who was both inspired and restricted by her mother's dreams of freedom. A story guaranteed to turn all previous scholarship on its head, Marmee and Louisa is a gorgeously written and deeply felt biography of two extraordinary women as well as a key to our understanding of Louisa May Alcott's life and work.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Karen White

Length:

14h 35m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

18:32


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

33:20


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

28:11


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

32:25


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

34:48


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

37:26


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

37:01


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

36:22


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

36:56


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

34:55


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

29:09


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

31:57


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

38:12


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

47:44


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

36:00


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

45:14


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

50:01


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

35:20


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

58:26


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

45:19


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

32:53


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

53:29


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:03


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

35:27