A wonderful collection - Little Women: Complete Series
Four Novels in One Edition: Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men and Jo's Boys,
Little Women is a family drama that validates virtue over wealth, and has been read as a romance or as a quest, or both. American writer Louisa May Alcott created a new form of literature, with elements from romantic children's fiction combined with the ones from sentimental novels format. In these novels you find the first vision of the "All-American girl", which aspects are embodied in the differing and beloved March sisters.
Jo is based on Louisa herself, and Meg, Beth and Amy are inspired by Louisa's own three sisters.
Little Men, the second book of the trilogy, tells the story of Jo Bhaer and the children at Plumfield Estate School. The story begins with the arrival of Nat Blake, a shy young orphan who used to earn a living playing the violin. The characters are introduced through his eyes. There are ten boys at the school already; Nat, and later his friend Dan, join them, and soon after Nan arrives as companion for Daisy, the only girl. Jo's sons Rob and Teddy are younger than the others and are not counted among the pupils, nor are the two girls, Daisy and Nan. The school is unconventional: the children have their own gardens and pets, and are encouraged to experiment with running businesses.
Jo's boys, the third book and final of the trilogy, follows the lives of Plumfield boys ten years after Little Men. Dolly and George are college students dealing with the temptations of snobbery, arrogance, self-indulgence and vanity. Tommy becomes a medical student to impress childhood sweetheart Nan, but after "accidentally" falling in love with and proposing to Dora, he joins his family business.
Through love, perseverance, and family, together they overcome the hardships to find happiness. Good Wives completes the story of the March sisters.