Friday, December 14, 2012

First Lines Second Thoughts — Little Women

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First Lines Second Thoughts is a look at the first lines of well known literary works.
On second thought, do these opening words stand alone as poetry? This Christmas season we revisit Little Women. Written by Louisa May Alcott. Published in 1868.

won't be Christmas
without any presents,"
grumbled Jo,
lying on the rug.

— Louisa May Alcott

The first American girls novel, Louisa May Alcott's (1832-1888) Little Women is still read by young girls more than 150 years later, placing in the Top 100 Children's Novels of All Time.

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