Study Guide

March

by Geraldine Brooks

March Analysis

Historical Context

The Civil War
The American Civil War lasted four years (1861–1865), the bloodiest conflict in U.S. history, which...

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March Literary Style

Literary Reinvention
Brooks wrote March after imagining what happened to the absent father in Louisa May...

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March Topics for Further Study

Read Stephen Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage and compare its theme of bravery and cowardice to that in March. Does Brooks...

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March Media Adaptations

As of 2007, an audio version of the novel, read by Richard Easton, was available from Audiobooks America. No film versions had been made.

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March What Do I Read Next?

Brooks takes the absent father from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women (1868) and creates his story in March, focusing on his...

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March Bibliography and Further Reading

Sources
Block, Marta Segal, Review of March, in Booklist, Vol. 101, No. 11, February 1, 2005, p. 938....

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March Bibliography (Critical Survey of Literature for Students)

Alcott, Louisa May. Louisa May Alcott: Her Life, Letters, and Journals. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Library, 2009. Originally published in the nineteenth century, this reprint of Alcott’s letters and journals provides deeper insight into the personality of Alcott, whose Little Women serves as the starting point for Brooks’s novel March.

Brooks, Geraldine. March. New York: Perennial, 2006. This edition of the novel includes interviews with the author, informational features, and an article by Brooks titled “Little Facts.”

_______. “Orpheus at the Plough: The Father of Little Women.” The New Yorker,...

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