Little Women: The Complete Novel, Featuring the Characters' Letters and Manuscripts, Written and Folded by Hand (Classic Novels x Chronicle Books) (Hardcover)
This special edition invites fans inside the world of the March sisters. It includes the full text of Little Women, plus gorgeous, removable replicas of the characters' letters and other writings.
For anyone who loves Little Women, or still cherishes the joy of letter writing, this book illuminates a favorite story in a whole new way. Louisa May Alcott's classic tale follows the March sisters as they come of age, and these unforgettable characters come alive in their letters and other writings.
When Laurie invites Jo to join him for a picnic and "all sorts of larks," the unbridled joy of their friendship shines through. Each of the girls' personalities is perfectly encapsulated in the letters they pen to Marmee. And Jo's heart-wrenching poem "My Beth" speaks to the profound bond between two sisters.
As you read this deluxe edition of the novel, you will find pockets throughout containing replicas of all 17 significant letters and paper ephemera from the story, re-created with beautiful calligraphy and painstaking attention to historical detail. Pull out each one, peruse its contents, and allow yourself to be transported to the parlor of the March family home.
BELOVED STORY: Little Women has been passed down from generation to generation. Greta Gerwig's 2019 film adaption welcomed new fans to the story. Now is the perfect time to revisit Alcott's original text and experience it in a unique way with physical ephemera that links you directly to the world of the March family.
UNIQUE FORMAT: From the masterful calligraphy to the painstaking attention to historical detail, to the hand-folding of the letters, to the quality of the materials—each book is an object made by fans for fans. This edition offers an immersive experience of the story, stands apart on the shelf, and makes for a truly lovely gift and keepsake.
NOSTALGIC APPEAL, TIMELESS STORY: Little Women evokes deep childhood nostalgia—yet it's a rich and sophisticated story with feminist overtones that engages readers of any age and any generation. This edition allows those who read Little Women as children to experience their beloved novel anew, while inviting first-time readers to the party.
- Little Women fans
- Fans of the film adaptions
- Moms, daughters, grandmothers, and girlfriends
- Book clubbers
- Letter writers
- Collectors of vintage ephemera
About the Author
Barbara Heller is a set decorator for film and television and a writer and director of award-winning short films. Her previous books include a special edition of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. She lives in New York City.
Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888) was an American author, best-loved for her classic story Little Women.
“Readers raised in the age of email and texting will be charmed by the novelty of the (extremely low-tech) interactive experience” —The New York Times
“Heller . . . hits all the right targets--vintage, literary, nostalgic--with this series and stays classy.” --Fine Books Collections
“These are as close as you’re going to get to actual letters from Marmee and Meg and the others.”--Star Tribune
“The handwriting matches each character to perfection, and the paper of each missive varies. I can’t recommend this book enough to fans of Louisa May Alcott’s famous novel--you won’t see the characters in the same way after this! You may think you have enough copies of Little Women. . . . Your collection, however, is not complete without Barbara Heller’s unique and lovingly curated edition.” --BookTrib