“I want to do something splendid before I go into my castle—something heroic, or wonderful—that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead. I don’t know what, but I’m on the watch for it, and mean to astonish you all, some day. I think I shall write books, and get rich and famous; that would suit me, so that is my favorite dream.”
So declares Jo March, heroine of Louisa May Alcott’s classic coming-of-age tale, Little Women. For generations, readers young and old have been enthralled by the story of the March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. They’ve exulted in the girls’ triumphs, wept at the girls’ disappointments, and seen some of their own ambition reflected in the girls’ dreams — especially Jo’s. Now, readers can record their own triumphs, disappointments, and dreams right alongside the March sisters’ with “The Journal Edition.”
In this new edition of the classic text, ample space is given for readers to record their thoughts right alongside the text. Here, readers are encouraged to not just passively read a story, but to record and gain new understanding of their own story right alongside it.
This volume is not only a book. It is a tool to study one of the great works of American literature. Our hope is that it will inspire you to recognize the wonders that ordinary life holds and to, like Jo, chase big dreams.
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