In 1870, Louisa May Alcott and her younger sister Abby May
Alcott began a fourteen-month tour of Europe. Louisa had already
made her mark as a writer; May was on the verge of a respected art
career. Little Women Abroad gathers a generous selection
of May's drawings along with all of the known letters
written by the two Alcott sisters during their trip. More than
thirty drawings are included, nearly all of them previously
unpublished. Of the seventy-one letters collected here, more than
three-quarters appear in their entirety for the first time. Daniel
Shealy's supporting materials add detail and context to
the people, places, and events referenced in the letters and
illustrations.By the time of the Alcott sisters'
sojourn, Louisa's Little Women was already an
international success, and her most recent work, An
Old-Fashioned Girl, was selling briskly. Louisa was now a
grand literary lioness on tour. She would compose Little
Men while in Europe, and her European letters would form the
basis of her travel book Shawl Straps. If
Louisa's letters reveal a writer's eye, then
May's demonstrate an eye for color, detail, and
composition. Although May had prior art training in Boston, she
came into her own only during her studies with European masters.
When at a loss for words, she took her drawing pen in hand.
These letters of two important American artists, one literary,
the other visual, tell a vibrant story at the crossroads of
European and American history and culture.
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