The Other Alcott

The Other Alcott

Book - 2017
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Stylish, outgoing, creative, May Alcott grows up longing to experience the wide world beyond Concord, Massachusetts. While her sister Louisa crafts stories, May herself is a talented and dedicated artist, taking lessons in Boston, turning down a marriage proposal from a well-off suitor, and facing scorn for entering what is very much a man's profession. Life for the Alcott family has never been easy, so when Louisa's Little Women is published, its success eases the financial burdens they'd faced for so many years. Everyone agrees the novel is charming, but May is struck to the core by the portrayal of selfish, spoiled 'Amy March'. Is this what her beloved sister really thinks of her? So May embarks on a quest to discover her own true identity, as an artist and a woman. From Boston to Rome, London, and Paris, this brave, talented, and determined woman forges an amazing life of her own.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062645333
Branch Call Number: HOOPER
Characteristics: 408, 17 pages ; 21 cm


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Was Amy March really the spoiled and selfish sister portrayed in "Little Women"? Stung by her portrayal, Amy travels Europe to develop her artistic talent and find her true self.

Was Louisa's artistic sister May Alcott really the model for spoiled Amy March? After the publication of "Little Women," May sets out to find who she really is.

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May 23, 2018

Not only was this an excellent biographical novel on May Alcott but it served as a fine window on the limited opportunities of women in the 1800's and their efforts to push open doors. Anyone with half an interest in art and painting will also find this book fascinating.

JCLHeatherM May 12, 2018

May Alcott spent her life in the shadow of her more successful, more highly praised sister Louisa. Equally talented in her own right, May yearned for approval and recognition, traveling around the world to hone her craft as an artist and be recognized as more than just 'The Other Alcott'.

Hooper's piece is highly researched and an excellent tribute to the Alcott family, an excellent companion piece to the 2017 BBC miniseries 'Little Women'.


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