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The Resource The other Alcott, Elise Hooper

The other Alcott, Elise Hooper

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The other Alcott
Title
The other Alcott
Statement of responsibility
Elise Hooper
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • A tale inspired by the life of Louisa May Alcott's youngest sister finds young May longing to study art outside of the confines of her Concord home before turning down a marriage proposal and pursuing an identity in contrast to the spoiled and worldly character of Amy in her sister's famed novel
  • While her sister Louisa crafts stories, May Alcott is a talented and dedicated artist, taking lessons in Boston, turning down a marriage proposal from a well-off suitor, and facing scorn for entering what is very much a man's profession. When Louisa's Little Women is published, its success eases the family's financial burdens. But May is struck to the core by the portrayal of selfish, spoiled "Amy March." Is this what her beloved sister really thinks of her? May embarks on a quest to discover her own true identity, as an artist and a woman
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Review
A mix of history and imagination, this debut novel focuses on May Alcott, the model for Amy in Little Women and youngest sister of the book's widely chronicled author, Louisa May Alcott.The story begins with the 1868 publication of Little Women, which fictionalized the lives of all four Alcott sisters. Louisa is on her way to literary superstardom; a driven, prolific writer, she will become the breadwinner for her impoverished New England family. May longs to be taken seriously as an artist. But the press has sharply criticized her illustrations for her sister's book. Louisa, meanwhile, sees May as a high-spirited dilettante, dedicated to having fun. Determined to prove Louisa wrong, May dodges a serious suitor and signs up for rigorous art classes, first in Boston, then in Europe, where she mingles with other artists (some real, like Mary Cassatt, others fictional or composites). Slowly, her skill and confidence grow. Louisa, despite her trepidations, has partly subsidized May's European studies, but she eventually demands May come home to help care for their ailing mother. May refuses. She continues painting and marries a much-younger man after a brief courtship. Reconciliation with her sister proves elusive. There are echoes of Little Women throughout and themes that will resonate with contemporary readers. May struggles fiercely with the competing demands of family and work (Louisa, for her part, never marries). There's also the push-pull of making money versus making art: Louisa believes Little Women and its profitable sequels are beneath her, and she publishes more provocative work under a pen name. May finds early success making copies of Turner paintings but must drive herself to develop her own style. Hooper is especially good at depicting the complicated blend of devotion and jealousy so common among siblings. Some clumsy exposition aside, this is a lively, entertaining read.(Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2017)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10571425
Cataloging source
BTCTA
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hooper, Elise
Dewey number
813/.6
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Alcott, May
  • Alcott, Louisa May
  • Alcott, Louisa May
  • Alcott, Amos Bronson
  • Alcott, Abba May
  • Pratt, Anna Bronson Alcott
  • Alcott, Beth
  • Alcott, Abba May
  • Alcott, Amos Bronson
  • Alcott, Beth
  • Alcott, Louisa May
  • Alcott, May
  • Pratt, Anna Bronson Alcott
  • Artists
  • Sisters
  • FICTION / Biographical
  • FICTION / Family Life
  • FICTION / Historical
  • Artists
  • Sisters
  • Artists
  • Families
  • Sisters
Label
The other Alcott, Elise Hooper
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes P.S.: insights, interviews & more ..
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1888964
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
408 pages, 17 pages
Isbn
9780062645333
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780062645333
  • (OCoLC)967501380
Label
The other Alcott, Elise Hooper
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes P.S.: insights, interviews & more ..
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1888964
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
408 pages, 17 pages
Isbn
9780062645333
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780062645333
  • (OCoLC)967501380

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