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Work, a story of experience (Rediscovered fiction by American women) e-book

by Louisa May Alcott

Work uses many of Alcott's own experiences. She is specifically interested here in examining how women might find meaningful, fulfilling work

Work uses many of Alcott's own experiences. She is specifically interested here in examining how women might find meaningful, fulfilling work. Her heroine, Christie, like Alcott herself, goes through a number of jobs - seamstress, servant, companion, governess, actress (Alcott was never a professional actress, but loved to write and act in plays) - before finding a place for herself in a domestic, idealistic, female-centered setting.

Work: A Story of Experience, first published in 1873, is a l novel by Louisa May Alcott, the author of Little Women, set in the times before and after the American Civil War.

The story depicts the struggles of a young woman trying to support herself.

Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, in 1832. Two years later, she moved with her family to Boston and in 1840 to Concord, which was to remain her family home for the rest of her life. At the same time, her adult fiction, such as the autobiographical novel Work: A Story of Experience (1873) and A Modern Mephistopheles (1877), a story based on the Faust legend, shows her deeper concern with such social issues as education, prison reform, and women's suffrage. She realistically depicts the problems of adolescents and working women, the difficulties of relationships between men and women, and the values of the single woman's life.

American novelist Louisa May Alcott best known for her novel "Little .

American novelist Louisa May Alcott best known for her novel "Little Women" and its follow up sequels "Little Men" and "Jo's Boys". She based the characters in her novel on herself and her family. In this sequel to "Eight Cousins" we find the title character Rose returning from a two year trip traveling the world. You may find it for free on the web.

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eBook features: The complete unabridged text of ‘Work: A Story of Experience’ Beautifully illustrated with images related to Alcott’s works Individual contents table, allowing easy navigation around.

Work : a story of experience. Conduct of life, Women.

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Louisa May Alcott was both an abolitionist and a feminist.

Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott. 1861 Alcott starts work on an autobiographical novel, tentatively titled Success (it will be published in 1873 as Work: A Story of Experience). The book was written and set in the Alcott family home, Orchard House, in Concord, Massachusetts. It was published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. The novel follows the lives of four sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March – and is loosely based on the author's childhood experiences with her three sisters. The American Civil War begins. 1862 Henry David Thoreau dies, and Alcott writes the poem Thoreau’s Flute in his honor.

One reviewer's comments caught my eye: "kitsch; too many good people." This is unfair and unfounded. The book does have a Victorian quality about it, and at times verges on being overly sentimental. But it is beautifully written, and compelling. It also accurately depicts harsh realities of its time and place. Women should appreciate its insight into their concerns and the obstacles they faced then. But, bottom line (I am male), this is a brilliant novel that is worth reading for the beauty of its prose alone. I often found myself stopping to read passages over again and make note of them. Why this novel is not better known and not more widely read escapes me. It's up there with the works of acknowledged masters.
I remember reading this at university in the 1970s for a women's studies class. It is as close to autobiography we may get reading Alcott, one of America's earliest feminists. 'Work' is not a collection of stories but a book for adult women about a young lady who works, not at home in the kitchen, but at various jobs, as she struggles to make her way in the world. 'Work' was probably meant to inspire other women to get out and work. Alcott, daughter of a suffragette and an abolitionist, a writer, a civil war nurse, herself an abolitionist and feminist, did far more than write young adult novels.
The title of the book piqued my interest in it and I bought it. I like the idea of this single woman in the 19th century making her way through life by taking up odd jobs that interest her and that could potentially lead to self fulfillment. Romance, of course, is part of the actualization package and runs its course. The historical time period during which this book is set makes the end more interesting especially after the romantic conflict's resolved. Barring the quaint sentimentality of the writing that is hard for me to appreciate as a matter of personal aesthetic, there are some memorable turns of phrase and it's a satisfying read overall.
As a lover of all things Louisa May Alcott, I somehow missed this book by her! Was delighted as always with her writing. Book came earlier than expected which I appreciated and was in very good condition!
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I like Alcott's novels, but this was too much for me. All characters come out on top, nobody is really bad, and certainly nobody stays bad, everybody is constantly striving to become a saint and overcome any fault they might have. I just couldn't relate to the characters, they were just above and beyond normal human people. I actually found it depressing instead of inspiring. Her other books have some humor and often even sarcasm in them, which is sadly missing here till the very last chapter. The humor has always outbalanced the moralistic streak for me, but here I just felt stuck with a thinly veiled moralistic story, which often glided into pure kitsch. Also I felt I had read many of the elements in her other stories and they were just newly arranged and a little bit redecorated. The story could have done with some serious editing before its publication, as some of the chapters are interesting but are overshadowed by kitsch chapters.
I'm aware that a book from this time will be heavy on morals, try to uplift and inspire improvment in the reader, which I usually don't mind, but in this story it just didn't work for me, it felt to forced. "An old-fashioned Girl" is very similar, but is much more engaging and entertaining and inspires laughs along with the tears.

Just a note on this edition, it is extremly badly edited. There are a great many spelling mistakes which often completely distort the sense like "Clown" instead of "Down" and others. But the most annoying one is that the character Philip Fletcher becomes again and again Mr. Pletcher.
I really enjoyed this book. Even though it was written well over a century ago some of its ideas seem very modern. Also has one of my favorite quotes, "She is too gond of books amf it has turned her brain"
A very good old fashioned book!
Everyone, but especially every woman, should read this book. My favorite story by Louisa May Alcott.

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