Shawl-Straps: A Second Series of Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag

Shawl-Straps: A Second Series of Aunt Jo's Scrap-BagLouisa May Alcott 1832 1888 Was A Prolific And Multi Talented American Writer Amongst Her Works Are Passionate, Fiery Novels, Moralistic And Wholesome Stories For Children, Philosophical Essays And Letters Her Overwhelming Success However, Was With Little Women Or Meg, Jo, Beth And Amy 1868 , A Semiautobiographical Account Of Her Childhood Years With Her Three Sisters In Concord, Massachusetts Part Two, Or Part Second, Also Known As Good Wives 1869 Followed The March Sisters Into Adulthood And Their Respective Marriages Little Men 1871 Detailed The Characters And Ways Of Alcott S Nephews Who Lived With Her At Orchard House In Concord, And Jo S Boys 1886 Completed The March Family Saga.

A.M Barnard Behind a Mask, or a Woman s Power 1866 The Abbot s Ghost, or Maurice Treherne s Temptation 1867 A Long Fatal Love Chase 1866 first published 1995 First published anonymously A Modern Mephistopheles 1877 Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania on November 29, 1832 She and her three sisters, Anna, Elizabeth and May were educated by their father, philosopher teacher, Bronson Alcott and raised on the practical Christianity of their mother, Abigail May.Louisa spent her childhood in Boston and in Concord, Massachusetts, where her days were enlightened by visits to Ralph Waldo Emerson s library, excursions into nature with Henry David Thoreau and theatricals in the barn at Hillside now Hawthorne s Wayside.Like her character, Jo March in Little Women, young Louisa was a tomboy No boy could be my friend till I had beaten him in a race, she claimed, and no girl if she refused to climb trees, leap fences For Louisa, writing was an early passion She had a rich imagination and often her stories became melodramas that she and her sisters would act out for friends Louisa preferred to play the lurid parts in these plays, the villains, ghosts, bandits, and disdainful queens At age 15, troubled by the poverty that plagued her family, she vowed I will do something by and by Don t care what, teach, sew, act, write, anything to help the family and I ll be rich and famous and happy before I die, see if I won t Confronting a society that offered little opportunity to women seeking employment, Louisa determined I will make a battering ram of my head and make my way through this rough and tumble world Whether as a teacher, seamstress, governess, or household servant, for many years Louisa did any work she could find.Louisa s career as an author began with poetry and short stories that appeared in popular magazines In 1854, when she was 22, her first book Flower Fables was published A milestone along her literary path was Hospital Sketches 1863 based on the letters she had written home from her post as a nurse in Washington, DC as a nurse during the Civil War.When Louisa was 35 years old, her publisher Thomas Niles in Boston asked her to write a book for girls Little Women was written at Orchard House from May to July 1868 The novel is based on Louisa and her sisters coming of age and is set in Civil War New England Jo March was the first American juvenile heroine to act from her own individuality a living, breathing person rather than the idealized stereotype then prevalent in children s fiction.In all, Louisa published over 30 books and collections of stories She died on March 6, 1888, only two days after her father, and is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord.

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  • Paperback
  • 128 pages
  • Shawl-Straps: A Second Series of Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag
  • Louisa May Alcott
  • English
  • 25 November 2017
  • 9781406597899

10 thoughts on “Shawl-Straps: A Second Series of Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag

  1. says:

    A delightful trek across EuropeSo, I assumed this would be a continuation of Aunt Jo s Scrap Bag 1 being a collection of short stories but my assumption was wrong Shawl Straps is, in fact, a whole little novel in itself It follows the travels of a band of three American unmarried girls as they visit various places in Europe.It might be fun to actually follow in the footsteps of these girls and perhaps travel along a similar route across Europe and visit many of the same landmarks as they did in France, Switzerland, Italy, and England To do so would be seeing Europe a bit through Louisa s very own eyes, I feel like of course with the difference of almost a hundred years The girls do get to visit some places that are in Charles Dickens novels, and that was an interesting point to note, as I know that Louisa was a fond admirer of Dickens writings.At one point, the merry travelers have to decide to leave the heavier luggage behind and press on with only their shawl straps I never could quite decide exactly what actual shawl straps look li...

  2. says:

    A travelogue featuring three spinsters traveling through Europe on their own There isn t much plot the point of the story is women can do anything they set their minds to and don t have to rely on men This isn t Louisa s best book but I admire her dedication to women s rights.

  3. says:

    I especially loved when they visited sites out of Dicken s books

  4. says:

    This was a good story about three sisters that take a trip to various cities in Europe It was a good read, especially for young readers, I liked it.

  5. says:

    At first I thought this was going to be dreadful It was like listening to someone s monologue about their holiday, interesting to them but hard to follow and meaningless for the listener Once they gave up their luggage and proceeded with shawl straps it got better, and then I came up with a new idea I used my atlas as I read it 1935 version, so only 65 years too modern to follow their journey This made it positively a joy, and I started googling the paintings they saw and the cathedrals they visited I even looked up some of the historical events and learnt some things too So, with the help of an old atlas and a smartphone, very enjoyable indeed S...

  6. says:

    Three girls travel from the US to Europe I think this was written somewhere around 1923, and you are reminded how much people had to take with them, as well as how long it took just across the Atlantic Don t forget seasicknessSomewhere I read that Louisa May Alcott was a feminist for her time it shows in this book, although it is definitely rela...

  7. says:

    Interesting stories about the adventures of three girls traveling in Europe.

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