Little Women

Little Women

(Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Written by:
Illustrated by: Rachell Sumpter
Introduction by:
Notes by: Siobhan Kilfeather
Notes by: Vinca Showalter

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143106654
  • 528 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


A beautiful Penguin Threads edition of Alcott’s beloved novel, with an introduction by Jane Smiley

Little Women is recognized as one of the best-loved classic children’s stories, transcending the boundaries of time and age, making it as popular with adults as it is with young readers. The beloved story of the March girls is a classic American feminist novel, reflecting the tension between cultural obligation and artistic and personal freedom. But which of the four March sisters to love best? For every reader must have their favorite. Independent, tomboyish Jo; delicate, loving Beth; pretty, kind Meg; or precocious and beautiful Amy, the baby of the family? The charming story of these four “little women” and their wise and patient mother Marmee enduring hardships and enjoying adventures in Civil War New England was an instant success when first published in 1868 and has been adored for generations.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Little Women

Little Women

Written by: Louisa May Alcott, Illustrated by: Rachell Sumpter, Introduction by: Jane Smiley, Notes by: Siobhan Kilfeather, Notes by: Vinca Showalter


It is an essential American novel, perhaps the essential American novel for girls . . . Girls come to it on their own.” –Jane Smiley, from the Introduction

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