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Book Title: Incontro alla vita (Jack e Jill)|
The author of the book: Louisa May Alcott
Edition: Mursia (Gruppo Editoriale)
Date of issue: January 1st 1993
ISBN 13: 9788842515845
Format files: PDF
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Although this here Louisa May Alcott novel is in many ways incredibly preachy and moralising, and certainly much more so than her Little Women, and although I always cry my eyes out at one particular part (even more so than when Beth dies in Little Women), I keep rereading and enjoying Jack and Jill.
I am indeed more than well aware and appreciative of the fact that many of the messages presented and promoted in Jack and Jill are rather massively outdated, that there is gender inequality and obvious social stratification, but that has not stopped me from calling Jack and Jill one of my personal favourites, and a novel that I do and continuously savour and cherish (over and over and over again). And sometimes, that is really all one can and should expect for reading material to be considered a classic and perennial favourite, namely that it has reread potential and reread appeal (and for me, personally, any book, any novel, that I enjoy rereading and often, any tome that has that special appeal, is great literature, potential issues, potential problems quite notwithstanding). And while Jack and Jill certainly contains the latter, certainly exibits issues with especially preachiness and is thus by no means a "perfect" novel by any stretch of the imagination, it has had, from the very first time I read Jack and Jill as a young adult, that very and oh so special rereading appeal which make certain books personal favourites, and thus, at least to and for me, enduring and much loved classics.
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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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