Under the Lilacs



I Ve Drove Elephants And Camels, Ostriches And Grizzly Bears, And Mules, And Six Yellow Ponies All To Oncet May Be I Could Manage Cows If I Tried Hard, Answered Ben Who Runs Away As Circus Boy Bab And Betty Find Him And His Dog In The Carriage House Their Mother Cleans Him And Sends Him To Work For The Squire Hidden Lessons About Life, Death And Faith.Under the Lilacs

A.M Barnard Behind a Mask, or a Woman s Power 1866 The Abbot s Ghost, or Maurice Treherne s Temptation 1867 A Long Fatal Love Chase 1866 first published 1995 First published anonymously A Modern Mephistopheles 1877 Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania on November 29, 1832 She and her three sisters, Anna, Elizabeth and May were educated by their father, philosopher teacher, Bronson Alcott and raised on the practical Christianity of their mother, Abigail May.Louisa spent her childhood in Boston and in Concord, Massachusetts, where her days were enlightened by visits to Ralph Waldo Emerson s library, excursions into nature with Henry David Thoreau and theatricals in the barn at Hillside now Hawthorne s Wayside.Like her character, Jo March in Little Women, young Louisa was a tomboy No boy could be my friend till I had beaten him in a race, she claimed, and no girl if she refused to climb trees, leap fences For Louisa, writing was an early passion She had a rich imagination and often her stories became melodramas that she and her sisters would act out for friends Louisa preferred to play the lurid parts in these plays, the villains, ghosts, bandits, and disdainful queens At age 15, troubled by the poverty that plagued her family, she vowed I will do something by and by Don t care what, teach, sew, act, write, anything to help the family and I ll be rich and famous and happy before I die, see if I won t Confronting a society that offered little opportunity to women seeking employment, Louisa determined I will make a battering ram of my head and make my way through this rough and tumble world Whether as a teacher, seamstress, governess, or household servant, for many years Louisa did any work she could find.Louisa s career as an author began with poetry and short stories that appeared in popular magazines In 1854, when she was 22, her first book Flower Fables was published A milestone along her literary path was Hospital Sketches 1863 based on the letters she had written home from her post as a nurse in Washington, DC as a nurse during the Civil War.When Louisa was 35 years old, her publisher Thomas Niles in Boston asked her to write a book for girls Little Women was written at Orchard House from May to July 1868 The novel is based on Louisa and her sisters coming of age and is set in Civil War New England Jo March was the first American juvenile heroine to act from her own individuality a living, breathing person rather than the idealized stereotype then prevalent in children s fiction.In all, Louisa published over 30 books and collections of stories She died on March 6, 1888, only two days after her father, and is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord.

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  • 317 pages
  • Under the Lilacs
  • Louisa May Alcott
  • 17 December 2018

10 thoughts on “Under the Lilacs

  1. says:

    Bab and Betty Moss were sisters and enjoyed a game like all children Their latest game of a tea party for all their dollies under the lilacs was interrupted when the cake they were to serve disappeared And while they searched, it reappeared once Bab and Betty were confused there was obviously magic in the air.When Mrs Moss and her girls discovered young Ben Brown and his dog Sancho in a nearby carriage house, the mystery of the cake came to light But was revealed when Ben told of escaping from the harsh treatment of the ringmaster of a circus they were in search of Ben s father and were starving and tired Mrs Moss soon put that to rights, and Ben found himself a job with Miss Celia and her fourteen year old brother Thornton Thorny who was a little sickly But change came to Ben s life and although he was happy with his new family some things could never be the same could they What would happen to Ben and Sancho What would be their ...

  2. says:

    This book is one of those sweet stories that leaves you feeling happy.

  3. says:

    This was a charming story, reminding me once again that Louisa May Alcott knew how to write I read Little Women many times in my youth, but never got interested in the others of that series I was surprised years later to read some of her short stories dealing with hospital work during the Civil War, and it seems like I also read some Gothic type tales by Alcott, unless my memory is playing tricks again.But I had never heard of Under The Lilacs until I went digging at Gutenberg for books that had the names of flowers in the titles It was for a challenge and although I left the group I kept my list and FINALLY am starting to read my garden Lilacs are one of my favorites, so it feels quite proper to start the list with this book Besides, I needed the U for a spelling challenge We start off with two sisters that look like twins but are not They and their family of dolls are having a tea party at the Big House next door to their own Their mother airs and tidies the place every so often, but no one has lived there as long as the girls can remember They have made the front walk and ...

  4. says:

    This is a sweet, little, predictable book suitable for children When I was seven, it would have been a favorite, no doubt It has a poor boy who is orphaned, rich ladies who are gracious and generous, old houses that have sat unoccupied and are now brought back to life, circus life, horses, a dog that does tricks like spelling its name with blocks, a boy s first ever birthday party, and a tea party with two girls and eleven dolls Louisa May Alcott writes excellent children s fare and if I were rating this from that point of view I could give it another star for sure But, I opened it as an adult and I m gradin...

  5. says:

    I have decided this is one of my top 5 LMA books The story is not preachy and the characters are real and down to earth People are doing their best and it s just good enough Ben has run away from his life as a circus boy because his father went away and his guardians mistreat him Bab and Betty find him and his talented dog living in the carriage house Their mother takes him in, clean...

  6. says:

    I am shocked that I forgot about this little gem Of all Louisa May Alcott s books this is the sweetest I admit that I like Rose in Bloom , but this one is every bit as good Of all the characters the dog is the one...

  7. says:

    What a sweet story I liked pretty much all the characters, but Sancho the poodle takes the prize One of my favorite fictional dogs ever, and that s saying a lot.

  8. says:

    I hadn t read this book in many years in fact, I remembered almost nothing about it Once I got into it again, though, quite a lot came back to me.The story is about the characters in a small New England village The main characters are Bab and Betty, young daughters of Mrs Moss, a widow, who acts as caretaker for a large empty house Miss Celia, who inherited the house from her grandfather, and her brother, who is 10 years younger than she Ben Brown, a boy of 12 who has run away from a circus with Sancho, the performing poodle who had been trained by Ben s father, who has been missing for months.Mrs Moss takes Ben in, to begin with upon Miss Celia s return to the big house, she takes Ben to stay with her, to help around her property and to assist her brother who is recovering from polio.The book is incredibly dated, of course, and while it was originally written for ...

  9. says:

    I really liked this book Some of the reviews on were not good They said it wasn t Little Women or you can tell it was one of her first books I say lighten up, a book that starts with a tea party can t be bad This book takes you back to a time when you were a kid and life was tea parties, play and not many worries My favorite line The lilacs nodded over the high wall as if they...

  10. says:

    I had no idea what to expect from this book It was a delight I thought it would be of a girls book but it wasn t, it was ALSO a boy book Just a good book about the adventures of two boys and two girls I m sorry this book is not popular.Popsugar Book Chall...

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