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Questions about the works of American author Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) or her life as a writer. She is famous for her novel 'Little Women'.

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What is a Pillycoddian gesture?

From "Jo's Boys," by Louisa May Alcott... 'A true woman, and a born sailor's wife! You are a happy man, Emil, and I'm sure this trip will be a prosperous one,' cried Mrs Jo, delighted with ...
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What is the theology of Little Women?

Little Women is partially inspired by Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, with chapter titles and themes borrowed from Bunyan's story, and reading the book itself being an early activity the girls share. ...
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Type of book written by L.M Alcott

Somewhere or other, many years ago, I read that there was a name for the type of book written by the likes of L.M. Alcott. That they were a backlash against the novels of the time and meant to teach ...
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Why did Jo consider Ned and Jack to be failures?

In Jo's Boys in chapter 5, it is stated, Jack and Ned sent regrets and best wishes, and no one mourned their absence; for they were among what Mrs. Jo called her failures. Why were these two in ...
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Why do the March sisters call their mother Marmee?

I'm curious about the nickname the March sisters in Little Women use for their mother and I'd like to know its meaning and significance. After some research, it seems Louisa May Alcott used the ...
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