The Many Beautiful Editions of Little Women

I once wrote a simple post about The Many Beautiful Editions of Austen Novels. I enjoyed rounding-up beautiful covers of classic novels then so I’ve decided to compile such a post again. This time for Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, which yet again is still another renowned book that I’ve never read.

If you’re a fan of the novel, don’t worry- I do plan on getting to it sometime. I just need a copy. Preferably with a gorgeous cover, of course. Since Little Women is a classic, its book cover has been reimagined numerous times for sure but I’ve picked out the loveliest ones to show case. Check them out!

The Folio Society

little women folio society edition little women folio society edition illustration

little women folio society edition inside the book

Buy this edition

Puffin in Bloom

little women louisa may alcott

Buy this edition

Penguin Threads

little women penguin threads

Buy this edition

Vintage Classics

little women louisa may alcott vintage classics edition

Buy this edition

Modern Library

modern library little women

Buy this edition

Knickerbocker Classics edition

little women Knickerbocker Classics

Buy this edition

Penguin Classics

little women penguin classics

Buy this edition

Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics

little women barnes and noble leatherbound classics

Buy this edition

ELT Edition (with CD)

little women silvana sardi

Buy this edition

Hesperus Press

hesperus press little women alcott

Buy this edition

Beautiful, yes? Definitely planning on getting one of these! I am particularly leaning towards the Vintage Classics edition. *heart eyes* I’m a sucker for illustrated covers and that vintage texture is rather enticing.

Have you read Little Women before? Do you own any of these editions? If not, which would you want for yourself?

Hazel @ Stay Bookish

Hazel Ureta is an advocate of stories. She is the blogger and Editor-In-Chief of Stay Bookish because she loves talking about books. She enjoys reading Young Adult novels the most and writes them too.
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  1. Michelle on September 17, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    I still need to read this as well! I really like the Puffin one <3

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on September 17, 2015 at 11:28 pm

      Yes, the Puffin one is also lovely! I’ve seen it at the bookstore a few times and I would love the whole collection!

  2. Aentee @ Read at Midnight on September 19, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Ohh the classics always have the best redesigns, it makes me want to by all of them – the Bronte Sisters, Jane Austen and Lewis Caroll are especially blessed in this department. I recently discovered Juniper Books’ website and nearly fainted from the cover love! I adore the Puffin in Bloom version so much!

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on September 20, 2015 at 6:51 am

      So true! I adore Bronte and Lewis Caroll’s redesigns as well and hope to maybe do another round up for those! Well, I just found out Juniper Books through you and now you’ve done it! *off to gaze at pretties*

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  4. Joséphine @ Word Revel on September 20, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    I love the Hesperus Press edition! Been eyeing it for a few months already. After seeing your round up of several editions, I’m even more convinced that I want to get that one :D

  5. Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog on September 21, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Oh I love this!! I really love this book and all the covers are amazing! Puffin in Bloom and Hesperus Press are my favorites!!

  6. Emily @ Loony Literate on September 21, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Gah, I just LOVE beautiful editions of classic books. I have the most gorgeous editions of Alice in Wonderland and Hans Christian Anderson novels – just looking at them makes me happy, haha.

  7. Jenine on September 23, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    I love the B&N leatherbound cover!! I’ve read Little Women way back in high school as a requirement in our English subject. I actually didn’t enjoy reading it before because of I had little time to finish it and to make a book report out of it but I’m planning to re-read it before the year ends.

  8. Kyra @ Blog of a Bookaholic on September 25, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    YES! I was actually looking at newly designed covers for classics on Amazon the other day and there’s so many beautiful ones. These are all gorgeous! Good luck choosing which one to buy! ;D

  9. Anette Fabre on September 25, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    omg that hesperus edition is pretty I need that on my shelf!

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  11. Quake on November 2, 2015 at 2:36 am

    I loved “Little Women”. I loved the first novel and the sequel (but oftentimes tacked on as subsequent chapters) “Good Wives”. I haven’t read it in a while, but I still remember my favorite scene: when Jo tells Laurie she doesn’t love him (romantically) and Laurie asks, ‘Really, truly?’. I read a paperback edition with a cover that’s not outstanding. But, still. It wasn’t the cover that endeared me to the novel but the spirit and artistry of the words inside. That said, if I had a chance to get a long-ago-published leather- or cloth-bound edition of this classic, I wouldn’t pass it up.

  12. Rachel on December 23, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Any advice for one which doesn’t have tiny print but isn’t a “large print” edition? Thanks!

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