The story follows the lives of four sisters- Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March- and is loosely based on the author and her three sisters. The novel was originally published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869, but was eventually made into a single book for sale. The story was an instant hit and sold out its first 2000 copies.
“Little Women has a timeless resonance which reflects Alcott’s grasp of her historical framework in the 1860s. The novel’s ideas do not intrude themselves upon the reader because the author is wholly in control of the implications of her imaginative structure. Sexual equality is the salvation of marriage and the family; democratic relationships make happy endings. This is the unifying imaginative frame of Little Women.” ~Sarah Elbert, 1987~