Little Women - Summary

Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott, has been a popular story for more than 150 years. Not just a story for girls, it is also a tale for boys (and for adults).

One might think that a story written in the 19th century couldn't possibly be relevant in the 21st. Yet ... people in the UK voted it their 18th-most-favorite book (in 2003) and the story is once-again the basis for a new film (released in December of 2019).

Who was Louisa May Alcott? Did she ever marry? Did she have children? Is she really the basis for the story's lead character, Jo March?

In this story behind the book and film:

  • Meet the real Jo March and her three sisters;
  • Delve into the background of Alcott's three sisters (on whom Little Women is based);
  • Learn the reason why Alcott's sister Elizabeth (known as "Lizzie" in real life but as "Beth" in the novel) died; and
  • Discover whether Theodore "Laurie" Laurence, loved (in various ways) by the March sisters, was also based on a real-life individual.

Along the way, ponder some penetrating essential questions as you gain a better understanding of the story and its relevance in today's world.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5190stories and lessons created

Original Release: Dec 27, 2019

Updated Last Revision: Dec 27, 2019

Media Credits

George Kendall Warren took this portrait of Louisa May Alcott in Boston, circa 1870. Its digitized version is maintained at the Library of Congress.



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