Little Women at 150

Univ. of Mississippi. (Children’s Literature Association). Mar. 2022. 228p. ed. by Shealy, Daniel, ed. Tr $247.50. ISBN 9781496837981; pap. $30. ISBN 9781496837998.
This collection explores the long-ranging cultural impact of Alcott’s novel, considered one of the first realistic novels for kids. With eight essays from a range of children’s literature scholars that examine historical influences on Alcott, the impact of illustrations in the various editions of the text, and the global reach and continued impact of the story of the March sisters, this is a valuable addition to the shelves of children’s literature enthusiasts. Topics covered include class, feminism, Marxism, and Transcendentalism. The steep price might encourage buyers to purchase the paperback.
VERDICT Recommended for all children’s literature–centered studies.

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