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Little Women

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Little Women is a novel by Louisa May Alcott published on September 30, 1868, concerning the lives and loves of four sisters (from oldest to youngest: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy) growing up during the American Civil War. It was based on her own experiences as a child in Pennsylvania. ISBN 0140380221. After much demand, Louisa May Alcott wrote a sequel, Good Wives, which was published in 1869 and now is often published together with Little Women. Later she wrote Little Men and Jo's Boys and How They Turned Out which followed the lives of the girls' children.

It has been adapted as a film many times: in 1917, 1918, 1933, 1946, 1949, 1950, 1958, 1970, 1978, 1979 and 1994.

In 1998, on a commission from the Houston Grand Opera, the book was adapted as an opera by composer Mark Adamo.

In January 2005, a Broadway musical adapted from the book opened at the Virginia Theatre in New York City with book by Allan Knee, score by Jason Howland and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein.

1933 film

The 1933 film Little Women is notable for its nomination for an Academy Award for Best Picture. It was written by Sarah Y. Mason and Victor Heerman from the Alcott novel, and was directed by George Cukor.

The movie starred Katharine Hepburn, Joan Bennett, Jean Parker, Frances Dee, Douglass Montgomery and Spring Byington.

It won the Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay.

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