Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women in 1868, at the request of Thomas Niles of the Roberts Brothers' publishing house. Niles had repeatedly asked Alcott to write a book for girls until, pressed by the financial needs that constantly beset the Alcott family, she was finally convinced to undertake the project. Alcott wrote energetically and managed to complete the first volume of Little Women in about two months. Published in October of 1868, this first volume became an immediate commercial success, a fact that led Roberts Brothers to ask for a sequel. Alcott acquiesced and submitted the second volume (entitled Good Wives) for publication by the end of the year. The combined two volumes appeared in April 1869 and …
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