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Little Men by Louisa May Alcott

Little Men (1871)

by Louisa May Alcott

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Title:Little Men
Authors:Louisa May Alcott
Info:Dolphin, Doubleday
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Tags:children's lit, 19th century, DarkBlue5

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Little Men by Louisa May Alcott (1871)

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    Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (GeorgiaDawn)
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    Selected writings of the American transcendentalists by George Hochfield (aulsmith)
    aulsmith: Contains writings by Louisa May's father on educational theory
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    Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney (foggidawn)
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    Ragged Dick and Mark the Match Boy by Horatio Alger Jr. (BonnieJune54)
    BonnieJune54: both works are written in the same style and include street boys of the era.

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While Little Women - Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, and Good Wives - was a wholesome and feel-good as ever, Little Men and Jo's Boys were a sore disappointment. Sadly, the theological commentary was heavy, and the characterization that made the first two installments so endearing was sadly absent, and the plot seemed underdeveloped. For as much as I loved Little Women, I almost wish I hadn't read Little Men and Jo's Boys, because how pale it was in comparison to the original story; it almost ruined the whole thing. ( )
  J9Plourde | Jun 13, 2017 |
Little Men by Louisa May Alcott is another childhood favorite of mine and although it has been some time, this is probably my fourth or fifth rereading of the story. This book covers a year of the experimental school at Plumfield run by Jo and Fritz Bhaer. Allowing “boys to be boys” the students are encouraged to follow their individual talents, play hard yet spend equal time in study and chores. The Bhaers provide the guidance and love that is needed to ensure that their students thrive. There are fourteen boys, and a couple of girls. They are engaging and fun to read about and are all completely different from one another such as “wild boy” Dan, lively, engaging Tommy and on the female side willful, spirited Nan and quiet, gentle Daisy.

I did notice during this reread that the Jo March of Little Woman had quite disappeared and “Mother Bhaer “ had taken her place. It’s only been 10 years yet Jo seems firmly settled into middle age and her domestic role. Other than one scene where she climbs up into a tree with one of the boys, she doesn’t seem like the high spirited, adventurous Jo that I remember. This issue is addressed at the end of the book however, with Jo imploring Laurie not to pity her for the life she leads rather than the one she planned to have when she was young. I felt this illustrated how many of us plan one life only to end up leading a totally different one.

While, for me, Little Men didn’t quite have the magic that Little Women has, it is nevertheless a classic piece of American literature mixing Christian values, views of childhood and unorthodox teaching methods to produce a very readable if somewhat dated book. Plumfield remains a school that I wished I had been able to attend so appealing are it’s inhabitants. ( )
1 vote DeltaQueen50 | Mar 9, 2017 |
This is the 3'd edition of this book, copyrighted in the year 1923 by Little, Brown, and Co.

The other two copyright dates are 1899 and 1913 by John S.P. Alcott. and entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1871 by Louisa M. Alcott. 376pg
  weezersmum | Nov 19, 2016 |
Third in the 'Little Women' series, and a continuation of the previous books, focussing mostly on the sons of the original March girls. A bit of moralising in places, and of course it's old-fashioned, but a pleasant light read with some moving moments. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
Little Men (published 1871) is considered the second book of the Little Women trilogy written by Louisa May Alcott. (The book Good Wives (1869) was originally the sequel to the novel Little Women (1868), however those two novels are now usually published as a single volume.) This book was inspired by the death of her brother-in-law, which reveals itself in one of the last chapters, when a beloved character from Little Women passes away, affecting the entire cast of characters. The final book of the trilogy is Jo's Boys (1886).
  FriendsLibraryFL | Sep 6, 2014 |
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Birch, Reginald BathurstIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burd, Clara M.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gorsline, Douglas W.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Freddy and Johnny, the little men to whom she owes some of the best and happiest hours of her life, this book is gratefully dedicated by their loving Aunt Weedy
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"Please, sir, is this Plumfield?" asked a ragged boy of the man who opened the great gate at which the omnibus left him.
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The beloved sequel to Little Women, this classic continues the story of Jo March, who goes on to get married and inherit an estate with which she creates an experimental school for boys.

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Follows the adventures of Jo March and her husband Professor Bhaer as they try to make their school for boys a happy, comfortable, and stimulating place.

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