Work: A Story of Experience

Work: A Story of Experience, first published in 1873, is a semi-autobiographical novel by Louisa May Alcott, the author of Little Women, set in the times before and after the American Civil War.

Work: A Story of Experience
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First edition title page
AuthorLouisa May Alcott
CountryUnited States
GenreSemi-autobiographical novel
PublisherRoberts Bros., Boston
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Media typePrint (Hardback)

It is one of "several nineteenth-century novels [which] uncovers the changes in women's work in the new industrial era, as well as the dilemmas, tensions, and the meaning of that work".[1] The story depicts the struggles of a young woman trying to support herself. The main character, Christie Devon, works outside the home in a variety of different jobs, but the end of her story marks "the beginning of a new career as a voice and activist for other working women".[1]

The character David Sterling is loosely based on Alcott's friend, Henry David Thoreau.


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