In this short biography, Laurence Santrey explores Louisa’s childhood – her family life, personal struggles, and early inclination to writing. Rather than focusing on the negative effects her father, Bronson, and his irresponsible ways and neglect of the family in favor of his ideas, Santrey zooms in on the happy times the Alcotts expereicned (while also mentioning Bronson’s eccentricities).
One fact Louisa May Alcott included which I had not heard before is that Aunt March from Little Women was based on her Aunt Hancock who was the widow of John Hancock, signer of the Declaration of Independence.
It is said that Louisa’s imagination was “like a magic carpet”.
Conclusion. I prefer The Story of Louisa May Alcott which is for a just slightly more advanced reading level.
Review © 2015 Laura Verret