John Matteson

1 Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father

Author : John Matteson
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2010-08-13
Description :  Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography<br /><br />Louisa May Alcott is known universally. Yet during Louisa's youth, the famous Alcott was her father, Bronson—an eminent teacher and a friend of Emerson and Thoreau. He desired perfection, for the world and from his family. Louisa challenged him with her mercurial moods and yearnings for money and fame. The other prize she deeply coveted—her father's understanding—seemed hardest to win. This story of Bronson and Louisa's tense yet loving relationship adds dimensions to Louisa's life, her work, and the relationships of fathers and daughters.

2 The Lives of Margaret Fuller: A Biography

Author : John Matteson
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books 
Price :  $16.99
Release Date :  2012-01-23
Description :  “Psychologically rich. . . . Matteson’s book restores the heroism of [Fuller’s] life and work.”—The New Yorker<br /> A&#xa0;brilliant writer and a fiery social critic, Margaret Fuller (1810–1850) was perhaps the most famous American woman of her generation. Outspoken and quick-witted, idealistic and adventurous, she became the leading female figure in the transcendentalist movement, wrote a celebrated column of literary and social commentary for Horace Greeley’s newspaper, and served as the first foreign correspondent for an American newspaper. While living in Europe she fell in love with an Italian nobleman, with whom she became pregnant out of wedlock. In 1848 she joined the fight for Italian independence and, the following year, reported on the struggle while nursing the wounded within range of enemy cannons. Amid all these strivings and achievements, she authored the first great work of American feminism: Woman in the Nineteenth Century. Despite her brilliance, however, Fuller suffered from self-doubt and was plagued by ill health. John Matteson captures Fuller’s longing to become ever better, reflected by the changing lives she led.

3 The Annotated Little Women

Author : Louisa May Alcott & John Matteson
Genre :  Classics  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary Criticism  Young Adult  Fiction  Classics 
Price :  $22.99
Release Date :  2015-11-02
Description :  The Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer of Louisa May Alcott illuminates the world of Little Women and its author.<br /><br />Since its publication in 1868–69, Little Women, perhaps America’s most beloved children’s classic, has been handed down from mother to daughter for generations. It has been translated into more than fifty languages and inspired six films, four television shows, a Broadway musical, an opera, and a web series. This lavish, four-color edition features over 220 curated illustrations, including stills from the films, stunning art by Norman Rockwell, and iconic illustrations by children’s-book illustrators Alice Barber Stevens, Frank T. Merrill, and Jessie Wilcox Smith.<br /><br />Renowned Alcott scholar John Matteson brings his expertise to the book, to the March family it creates, and to the Alcott family who inspired it all. Through numerous photographs taken in the Alcott family home expressly for this edition—elder daughter Anna’s wedding dress, the Alcott sisters’ theater costumes, sister May’s art, and Abba Alcott’s recipe book—readers discover the extraordinary links between the real and the fictional family.<br /><br />Matteson’s annotations evoke the once-used objects and culture of a distant but still-relevant time, from the horse-drawn carriages to the art Alcott carefully placed in her story to references to persons little known today. His brilliant introductory essays examine Little Women’s pivotal place in children’s literature and tell the story of Alcott herself—a tale every bit as captivating as her fiction.

4 Wieland; or, the Transformation

Author : Charles Brockden Brown & John Matteson
Genre :  Horror  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2011-09-12
Description :  A major influence on Poe and Hawthorne, this spellbinding tale of seduction, insanity, and murder represents one of America's earliest novels. Based on the true story of a religious fanatic who slaughtered his family, this proto-Gothic novel unfolds in rural Pennsylvania of the 1760s and offers compelling reflections of the era's social and political anxieties.

5 Tickling the Ivories

Author : John Matteson
Genre :  Humor  Books 
Price :  $3.99
Release Date :  2016-08-11
Description :  After 25 years as a piano teacher of 100 students, mostly children, I find that i continue to be impressed by their musical talent and amused by their unexpected comments. If you like kids as much as i do, you will appreciate some of their unintentional and frequently uninhibited humor. Quoting my late grandmother Velma Peterson, as she quoted a favorite early T.V. host &#34;Kids Say the Darnest Things&#34;.



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