Louisa May Alcott’s Lesser-Known Works (Classic Remarks)

Classic Remarks

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This Week’s Prompt:

What are some lesser-known works by a classic author you think people should read?

Little Men

The sequel to the classic Little Women, Little Men follows the students at Jo’s boarding school as they get into scrapes and learn how to be better people. Essentially, it’s Little Women but with (mostly) boys as the focus. The March family make cameo appearances, which is fun. It’s arguably not quite as good as Little Women, which is probably why it has been adapted less and experienced less popularity. Still, fans of the the first book will find some of the same charm in this one.

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Jo’s Boys

Jo's Boys by Louisa May Alcott

Jo’s Boys follows the students at Jo’s boarding school as they begin to grow up, fall in love, and decide what they want to do with their lives. It’s bittersweet watching Jo watch her boys set off into the unknown. She clearly wants the best for them, but she also knows she cannot keep them safe with her forever. A worthy follow-up to Little Men.

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Eight Cousins

Eight Cousins by Louis May Alcott

Orphan Rose Campbell arrives at the “Aunt Hill,” where her six aunts and seven boy cousins live. At first, Rose is overwhelmed and sickly. But her Uncle Alec prescribes outdoor activity as the remedy and, soon, Rose and her cousins are getting into all kinds of adventures. A classic tale of growing up in the vein of Anne of Green Gables or Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.

Rose in Bloom

Rose in Bloom

In the sequel to Eight Cousins, Rose Campbell returns to the “Aunt Hill” after going abroad. She wants to be an independent woman and find her calling in life, but she also has many potential suitors. Will Rose be able to identify true love when she sees it?

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Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill by Louisa May Alcott

Best friends Jack and Jill are laid up with injuries when they tumble out of a sled. Fortunately, they have plenty of friends to keep them amused with theatrical productions, seaside visits, and other adventures. A story filled with the simple amusements of childhood perfect for readers who always longed to join the March sisters with their games like writing a newspaper or setting up a mailbox.

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An Old-Fashioned Girl

Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott

Polly Milton goes to visit her cousin Fanny in the city, only to discover that city life has many temptations she did not expect. Fanny is glamorous, rich, and oh-so-grown-up. At first, Polly wants to be just like her. But are there charms to being “old-fashioned” after all? This story is somewhat similar to Meg’s in Little Women in that it follows a young girl who feels left out and insignificant due to her background. As always, however the book teaches a lesson: it is good to be true to yourself.

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Under the Lilacs

Ben and his dog Sancho run away from a cruel ringmaster at the circus only to find themselves welcomed into a loving community. A sweet children’s story full of the childlike adventures Alcott knew so well how to make interesting.

16 thoughts on “Louisa May Alcott’s Lesser-Known Works (Classic Remarks)

  1. bibliosini says:

    I’m glad you did this list for Louisa May Alcott. I confess I’ve only read Little Women and knew less about her other books! But I see a lot of great reads here!


    • Krysta says:

      They tend to be pretty similar in themes to the others. Lots of ideas about how to raise children and educate them in a healthy, productive way. Alcott’s definitely big on the schooling at home!

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  2. louloureads says:

    Jo’s Boys is actually my favourite novel of the series, which I know is an unpopular opinion but I really love all the fascinating content about women’s education, as well as the glimpse at Author Jo.


  3. Michael J. Miller says:

    What I love about your inclusion of the sequels here is I think people often presume the whole “series” thing only fits with more modern novels. But in reality, serial storytelling has been around for ages…even if we don’t often associate it with classic authors.


      • Krysta says:

        When I like an author, I have a tendency to want to read everything they have written! So when people don’t know about sequels, it can be confusing. Like, on right. Not everyone is as obsessed as I am! 😂


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