Eden's Outcasts

The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father

John Matteson (Author)


"An amazing story [told] with clarity and intelligence ... colorful and insightful."—Martin Rubin, Los Angeles Times

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography 

Louisa May Alcott is known universally. Yet during Louisa's youth, the famous Alcott was her father, Bronson—an eminent teacher and a friend of Emerson and Thoreau. He desired perfection, for the world and from his family. Louisa challenged him with her mercurial moods and yearnings for money and fame. The other prize she deeply coveted—her father's understanding—seemed hardest to win. This story of Bronson and Louisa's tense yet loving relationship adds dimensions to Louisa's life, her work, and the relationships of fathers and daughters.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • November 2008
  • ISBN 978-0-393-33359-6
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 512 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

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