A new edition of Little Women reproduces the March sisters’ letters and papers.
If you, too, were obsessed with The Jolly Postman as a child, you understand the particular pleasure of a book of letters, written in the hands of its characters. (All I wanted was to score an invite to Baby Bear’s birthday party, but I digress.) So here’s one for lovers of fictional correspondence and Little Women alike—and yes, I suspect there’s a fair amount of overlap there: Chronicle Books is releasing an deluxe edition of the book which includes physical replicas of the characters’ letters and manuscripts, from “The Pickwick Portfolio” and Jo’s poem “My Beth,” to Laurie’s notes to Jo.
Set decorator and director Barbara Heller designed and curated the edition, which includes “17 significant letters and paper ephemera” from the book (feels a little rude to call “The Pickwick Portfolio” ephemera, but fine). The book is the perfect thing for every lonely kid who longed to be part of the March brood—whether as a Jo who was secretly a Meg a Jo who was secretly a Beth or an Amy who didn’t consider that an insult (red flag).
The book follows Chronicle’s “letters” edition of Pride and Prejudice. It comes out today.