Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father

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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.57 X 8.11 X 1.27 inches | 0.88 pounds
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About the Author

John Matteson was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Biography for Eden's Outcasts and the Ann M. Sperber Prize for The Lives of Margaret Fuller. A Distinguished Professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, he lives in the Bronx.


Matteson...tells his story so clearly and attractively that no previous acquaintance with the remarkable Alcott clan and their various, equally remarkable friends is needed to relish their world as he re-creates it. Vividly, affectingly, Matteson describes one family's struggle to live their lives with meaning, without taint or exploitation.--Philip McFarland
A double biography is a difficult thing to bring off but Matteson does it beautifully, giving a vivid but delicate account of two complicated characters inextricably entwined.--Rosemary Hill
A splendid new dual biography...Compassionate and compelling.--Daniel Dyer
Matteson's engrossing biography of the Alcotts achieves a rare fusion of intellectual precision and emotional empathy.--Madeleine B. Stern, author of Louisa May Alcott
Matteson's portrait of Bronson and Louisa is painted on a large canvas, capturing an era when ideals and practice collided as never before in the history of the American nation.--Megan Marshall, author of The Peabody Sisters
Matteson tells the odd, fascinating story of the über idealistic Bronson Alcott and the impact of his life decisions on his daughter, beloved children's book authoress Louisa May Alcott...Particularly for those unfamiliar with the Alcott story, this is a journey of much interest.--Christian Science Monitor