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Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women

Invincible Louisa The Story of the Author of Little Women Biography tracing the fascinating life of Louisa May Alcott from her happy childhood in Pennsylvania and Boston to her success as a writer of such classics as Little women

  • Title: Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women
  • Author: Cornelia Meigs
  • ISBN: 9780316565943
  • Page: 321
  • Format: Paperback
  • Biography tracing the fascinating life of Louisa May Alcott from her happy childhood in Pennsylvania and Boston to her success as a writer of such classics as Little women.

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    1. My recent reread of Little Women prompted my rereading of this tiny book that's survived who-knows-how-many cullings of shelves though the years. My edition is from 1972, shortly after the time I'm guessing I'd first read Little Women, and this story of its author probably meant as much to me then as Alcott's novel itself did. If you think Jo was brave, painfully shy, adventurous, imaginative and indefatigable, wait till you meet Louisa.The author of this little biography, first published in 193 [...]

    2. As much as I have always loved (if not even with all my both childhood and adult heart adored) especially Louisa May Alcott's Little Women (and its sequels) and as much as I also do consider her family (and her rather extraordinary and unconventional life) both interesting and intriguing (as well as much worthy of extensive study), this 1933 (and thus early) biography by Cornelia Meigs (which I do realise won the 1934 Newbery Medal) leaves me for the most part both emotionally and coldly unsatis [...]

    3. 1934 Newbery Medal winner.I'm a big fan of Louisa May Alcott and her writings, her most notable novel being Little Women, among many other great books and stories. Needless to say, I've wanted to read this particular biography on Miss Alcott for many years, and finally got to read it this summer. I think by reading this book and learning more about the Alcott family's history, you're diving deeper into Little Women at the same time. You get to learn more about the characters of Amy, Jo, Meg, and [...]

    4. Written in 1933 the language is beautiful. I am amazed, however, at the positive and glowing description of LMA’s father. Her father is well known to have been a dreamer, a never-do-well, woefully inadequate as a bread-winner for the family. The family was in constant finical distress till LMA herself began her publishing career; the strains due solely to her father’s wandering and placement of vague ideals above solid employment to support his wife and 4 children. The hard life and the cons [...]

    5. This is a short biography of the life of Louisa May Alcott. The book begins with an introduction to her parents and their life growing up until they meet and marry. It then covers the span of Alcott's life and her work as a nurse, teacher and writer. The reader gets to know all of the real life people behind the beloved characters of Little Women and what inspired Alcott to write the book. This is not a riveting book but for those who loved any of Alcott's books growing up will enjoy getting to [...]

    6. I am thankful that I read Little Women before reading this biography. So much of Alcott's personal life went into her novel. And so much of the resonance of this biography depends on familiarity with her work. This is not a balanced and academic study of the life of a young author and her influences; this is a hagiography. While often described as "invincible" and "determined," Alcott's jobs were all very short-lived, similar to her father, who Meigs also paints in an overly flattering light. Th [...]

    7. This is one of the greatest biographical stories that I have ever read. It is exceptionally heartfelt and wise and touching for any fictional narrative, but for a TRUE story it simply blows almost all others right out of the proverbial water. Cornelia Meigs has a brilliantly sweet touch that infuses her writing with warm energy, flowing unmistakably through every paragraph and sentence and word. I found myself on the verge of tears at several points, but what really resonated with me deepest of [...]

    8. I wish I had read this when I was younger. It's a bit sanitized for my adult mind. Nevertheless, as a long-time fan of Little Women and an admirer of Louisa May Alcott, it was a pleasure to read. I enjoyed seeing which parts of one of my favorite books stemmed from real life. I also learned some interesting facts about Ms. Alcott which only served to increase my admiration.If you have a lover of Little Women in your home, this would be a great book for them. Especially if you're trying to encour [...]

    9. I loved this book. I learned so much about her. I now want to reread all of her books. So much of what she wrote was from her life. I want to find those connections. Just loved it.

    10. Decent for a biography, some good descriptions. Otherwise unremarkable. I think I would have enjoyed reading Little Women instead."It was a time of great happiness, peace and security, those first two years of the Alcotts' married life. Happiness was to continue, sometimes interrupted in strange ways; but peace and security were not to come again for a very long time."", most of all, were the unruffled peace and the genuine happiness of living, of a household devoted and gay, high-spirited and h [...]

    11. I had a little trouble getting into this book, but by the time Louisa leaves home I was fully immersed. I think the writing style feels similar to Little Women, though it's been at least a decade since my last reading. I wish I could be as generous in my view of Louisa's father as Meigs is -- he seems like a ninny who did nothing but cause his family trouble with his impractical ideas, and got nothing but love and support in return. Some of the articles I read online suggest Louisa was not as to [...]

    12. It's not that bad! Why this book is underrated:1. Sentence quality. I love Meigs' Dickensian sentence structure. It perfectly fit the subject of the book. Example: "Not all of [the road's] roughness and its wet, however, could interfere with the joyful stride of a triumphant young father who tramped the difficult mile, on a cold November day, from his house to the big dwelling at Wyck, home of his dearest friends." (Ch. 1)2. Insight into Little Women. As Meigs tells the story, you get to find ou [...]

    13. Reading the real-life story of Louisa May Alcott was like reading about Little Women in a parallel universe. Most of the story of Little Women reflects the Alcott's real life, even down to the weekly pillow fights between four rambunctious girls! The writing style is simple and charming, telling of everyday doings and the little adventures of a quiet life. Throughout the book is the one thread of the story arc, that Louisa wanted to write to make money to take care of her family. Her only real a [...]

    14. What a delightful old edition, 1933, a biography of Louisa Alcott! I read this and other Cornelia Meigs bios when I was in junior high school during the Little House on the Prairie Day :)! My bookie friend, Tricia Douglas, reviewed this book favorably so I requested it from our Library, and low and behold - they had a copy with the old fashioned card envelope on the inside cover. What a delightful "read" about this aptly described invincible and I might add independent woman! She repeated severa [...]

    15. This is a fascinating biography of Louisa May Alcott--and has inspired me to read more of her work this year!It was a bit slow to get into but once I got going, I loved the easy style and storytelling of this biography. What a difficult and joyful life Louisa led! I think the Newbery honor was well deserved for this book. A great way to begin my reading this year!

    16. From my History of Children's Literature class:It was with a mixture of eagerness and trepidation that I chose Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women by Cornelia Meigs for my reading this week—eagerness because of my previously-professed love of Little Women, but trepidation because I wasn’t exactly sure how well a biography from 1933 would fit into a modern curriculum. As it turns out, however, I believe that this book opens doors for discussion and further investigation [...]

    17. I have long been a fan of several of the books by Louisa May Alcott -- especially "Little Women." Who isn't a fan of that book?? Several years ago my four daughters and I fell in love with the movie adaptation of the book (Wynona Ryder plays the part of Jo). It is a beautiful family movie, especially for moms and daughters. Then, two years ago my husband and I went to Boston on vacation and while reading a brochure of things to do in the area, my husband found that Louisa May Allcott had grown u [...]

    18. 1934 Newbery Medal recipient.This biography of Louisa May Alcott might have stood a chance of being interesting were it not narrated in the tone of a schoolmarm high on a combination of overwhelming optimism, saccharine drama, and the need to distill a moral lesson from the smallest events of Ms. Alcott's life. That the subject's story is the least bit compelling through the stultifying prose is a good testament to her life and character.A couple examples of what I'm talking about:"A great adven [...]

    19. My Reading Challenge was to "read a biography-not an autobiography or memoir" (Read Harder), and because I have an interest in reading the Newbery Medal and Honor books, I chose this, a biography of Louisa May Alcott which won the Newbery Medal in 1934. Stylistically, it's fascinating; Meigs as a writer seems dated to a modern reader and uses many more clauses, sub-clauses, and commas than is common today. She's also very worshipful toward her subject matter - an attitude that would be discourag [...]

    20. I’m not a big fan of Little Women (heinous, I know), so I wasn’t too excited to be reading a biography of Louisa May Alcott. This read as a pretty disjointed biography on top of that. I get that the information collected was probably a little rough around the edges, but the fact/story aspect was presented a little bizarrely. I found a groove after the book discussed Little Women being written, so I imagine that’s when her life was more accurately documented, and that's when the author had [...]

    21. I’ve often heard little stories about the Louisa of this book, Louisa May Alcott, but I’ve never read much real information about her. This is a biography of her life. Louisa grew up in a family determined to change the world by actively living their beliefs. She was best known as the author of Little Women.As interesting to me as Louisa May Alcott was her father. Bronson Alcott was friends with every influential person of his time including Emerson, Thoreau, and Hawthorn. He barely made eno [...]

    22. Newbery Medal Winner--1934This was such a nice change from the international-historical fiction that has dominated these early Newbery winners. I don't usually enjoy biographies, but this was so incredible--mostly because of the incredible life Louisa May led, and the fact that you see flashes of Little Women throughout her life.And what a life! From growing up in poverty to having family friends like Emerson, Thoreau, Longfelloweven reclusive Nathaniel Hawthorne! From being a nurse during the C [...]

    23. This was a great early Newbery Award book in which I learned much about Louisa May Alcott, her family and writing. Such an amazing author with much stamina to take care of her family and become so involved in the situation of that time. The author, Meigs, did a wonderful job of analyzing LITTLE WOMEN and discussing how the characters in Alcott's books related to Louisa's family. I read this book for my GR Newbery book group. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    24. I enjoyed this biography of Alcott. While I think it put a nice spin on her father's inability to provide for the family, I do think it pointed out the hardships the family endured because of this inability. So, in my opinion, it wasn't completely skewed. It was interesting to read about the relationships between Louisa and her family as well as the relationships between her family and so many other renowned people of the time, particularly Emerson.

    25. Just one of many books that makes me wish I had a daughter to pass it on to. Confession time for me: I use to stay up late at night, writing in my journal, pretending to be Jo March ;) What a great role model for young womend I just love the sisterly relationships and of course, the beloved "marmee"!

    26. Fairly enjoyable and quick, but overly worshipful, and quite the Bronson Alcott apologia. Like Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, this is a fairly standard children's biography--but I think this might have set the standard for the others.

    27. AMAZING! Beautiful and revealing story of the life of Louisa May Alcott. What a person she was! No wonder this book won the Newberry! Told in such a way that we can feel the things Louisa felt!

    28. I’m glad that a biography won the Newbery Medal, since I think it’s important for children to read biographies as well as fiction books. And Invincible Louisa is written in such a way that it lacks the stuffiness and dryness (and all the footnotes) of many biographies written for adults, making it perfect for children to learn more about Louisa May Alcott.I knew that Little Women was heavily inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s real life, but it wasn’t until I read Invincible Louisa that I re [...]

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