Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

How is Louisa May Alcott’s experience of having a brilliant but impractical father who was a poor provider reflected in Little Women?

Does reading this summary of Alcott’s career make you want to explore her “generally overlooked” works, or is she best regarded as a children’s writer?

Does Alcott’s dedication to write popular domestic fiction to order to support her family cause her to compromise her feminist convictions?

Would Alcott be better appreciated today if she had written more in the manner of today’s often very candid and realistic writers of fiction for children and young adults?

In her diary, an eleven-year-old Alcott wrote, “I wish I could be gentle always.” Could she have retained this attitude and written all of the books described here?