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A Strange Life

A Strange Life

Selected Essays of Louisa May Alcott

by Louisa May Alcott, edited by Liz Rosenberg, preface by Jane Smiley

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Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888) is, of course, best known as the author of Little Women (1868). But she was also a noted essayist who wrote on a wide range of subjects, including her father’s failed utopian commune, the benefits of an unmarried life, and her experience as a young woman sent to work in service to alleviate her family’s poverty. Her first literary success was a contemporary close-up account of the American Civil War, brilliantly depicted in Hospital Sketches, which was drawn from her own experience of serving as an army nurse near the nation’s capital. As with her famous novel, Alcott writes these essays with clear observation, unforgettable scenes, and one of the sharpest wits in American literature.

Blending gentle satire with reportage and emotive autobiography, Alcott’s exquisite essays are as exceptional as the novels she is known for. Published together for the first time, this delightful selection shows us another side to one of our most celebrated writers.

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Series: Notting Hill Editions
ISBN: 9781912559435
Pages: 168
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A Strange Life is a thorough pleasure. Modest in size and design—it’ll fit in a pocket—the book puts emphasis where it belongs: on the vigorous prose of one of America’s most charming and memorable stylists.
—Meghan Cox Gurdon, The Wall Street Journal

Filled with scintillating prose and amusing stories, this persuasively makes the case that Alcott’s essays have been unjustly overlooked.
Publishers Weekly

This collection reveals Alcott’s excellent writing abilities with her captivating accounts, keen observations, wit, and “modern opinions” about issues still relevant today.... This delightful book is highly recommended for all Alcott devotees.
Library Journal

Lively, occasionally grim, and genuinely funny essays from a beloved author.
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