Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) was an American author of children’s fiction, young adult fiction, thrillers and poetry. Her writing career took off while she was working as a nurse during the Civil War and writing about her experiences (for what became Hospital Sketches). Alcott is best known for her children’s novel Little Women – a Civil War-era coming of age story that spawned multiple sequels. The novel Little Women gave her the financial independence she desired and the ability to continue writing until her death.

Louisa May Alcott’s first book was the short story collection Flower Fables. Her work has been published as recently as 1997. Below is a list of Louisa May Alcott’s books in order of when they were first published:

Publication Order of Little Women Books

Little Women, or Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy (1868)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Good Wives (1869)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Little Men: Life at Plumfield with Jo's Boys (1871)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Jo's Boys and How They Turned Out (1886)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Aunt Jo's Scrap Bag Books

Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag (1872)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Shawl-Straps (1872)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cupid and Chow Chow (1873)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
My Girls (1877)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Jimmy's Cruise in the Pinafore Etc. (1879)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving (1882)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Eight Cousins Books

Eight Cousins or The Aunt-Hill (1875)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Rose in Bloom (1876)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Inheritance (1849)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Moods (1864)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
An Old-Fashioned Girl (1869)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Work (1873)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Modern Mephistopheles (1877)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Under the Lilacs (1878)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Jack & Jill (1880)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Proverb Stories (1882)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Lulu's Library (1886)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Long Fatal Love Chase (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Collections

Flower Fables (1854)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Modern Cinderella (1860)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
On Picket Duty, and Other Tales (1864)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Marble Woman (With: Madeleine B. Stern) (1865)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Behind a Mask (By: Madeleine B. Stern) (1867)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Kitty's Class Day and Other Stories (1882)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Spinning-Wheel Stories (1884)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Garland for Girls (1887)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Whisper in the Dark (1889)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Louisa Alcott Reader (1908)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Glimpses of Louisa (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Short Stories (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Plots and Counterplots (By: Madeleine B. Stern) (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
An Intimate Anthology (With: Madeleine B. Stern) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Selected Fiction (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Hidden Louisa May Alcott (With: Madeleine B. Stern) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Works of Louisa May Alcott (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Double Life (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Freaks of Genius: Unknown Thrillers of Louisa May Alcott (With: Daniel Shealy) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Louisa May Alcott's Fairy Tales and Fantasy Stories (With: Daniel Shealy) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Lost Stories of Louisa May Alcott (With: Madeleine B. Stern) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Louisa May Alcott Unmasked (By: Madeleine B. Stern) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Modern Magic (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Quiet Little Woman (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Poems of Louisa May Alcott (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Early Stories of Louisa May Alcott, 1852-1860 (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Louisa May Alcott's Christmas Treasury (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Brownie and the PrincessOther Stories (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Doctor Dorn's Revenge and A Strange Island (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Candy Country and How They Ran Away (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Morning-Glories (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Poetry of Louisa May Alcott (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sisters (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Vintage Christmas (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
May Flowers (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Merry Christmas and Other Christmas Stories (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Chapbooks

Transcendental Wild Oats (1873)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Marjorie's Three Gifts (1899)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Diana & Persis (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Kate's Choice (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Debby's Debut (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Love and Self Love (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Pauline's Passion and Punishment (1862)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Abbot's Ghost, Or Maurice Treheme's Temptation (1867)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Perilous Play, And, Lost in a Pyramid or the Mummy's Curse (1869)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Poppies and Wheat (1900)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Trudel's Siege (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Scarlet Stockings (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Baron's Gloves (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Silver Pitchers and Independence (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Little Button Rose (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Mysterious Key and What It Opened (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The King of Clubs and the Queen of Hearts (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Death of John (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Cross on the Old Church Tower (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
On Picket Duty (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Doctor Dorn's Revenge (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Effie's Christmas Dream (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Dolls' Journey (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Blind Lark (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Comic Tragedies (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
How They Ran Away (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sophie's Secret (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Lilybell and Thistledown (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Brownie and the Princess (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Kitty's Class Day (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Pansies and Water-Lilies (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Mysterious Key (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Lost in a Pyramid (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Civil War Hospital Sketches (1863)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Hospital Sketches (1863)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Behind a Mask, or a Woman's Power (1866)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Louisa May Alcott: Her Life, Letters and Journals (1889)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Selected Letters of Louisa May Alcott (By: Madeleine B. Stern) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Journals of Louisa May Alcott (With: Madeleine B. Stern,Daniel Shealy) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Girlhood Diary of Louisa May Alcott, 1843-1846 (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Louisa May Alcott On Race, Sex, And Slavery (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Sketches of Louisa May Alcott (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Louisa May Alcott's Civil War (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Little Women Abroad: The Alcott Sisters' Letters from Europe, 1870-1871 (With: Daniel Shealy,May Alcott Nieriker) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Graphic Classics Books

Graphic Classics, Volume 9: Robert Louis Stevenson (By: Tom Pomplun,Michael Slack) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Graphic Classics, Volume 9: 2nd Edition Robert Louis Stevenson (By: Jeremy Love,Christopher J. Priest,Stan Shaw,Kyle Baker,Tom Pomplun,Lance Tooks,Randy DuBurke,Trevor Von Eeden,Jimmie Robinson,John Jennings,Afua Richardson,Milton Knight,Alex Simmons,Arie Monroe,Kevin Taylor,Leilani Hickerson,Kenjji Marshall,Keith Mallett,Larry Poncho Brown,Glenn Brewer,Masheka Wood,Titus V. Thomas,Mac McGill,Kevin Hendrix,James Webb) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Graphic Classics, Vol. 6 (By: Tom Pomplun) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Anthologies

A St. Nicholas Anthology(1969)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Wimbourne Book of Victorian Ghost Stories: Volume 2(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Women Who Wrote(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Dover Anthology of Classic Christmas Stories(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Notes: Good Wives was also published as Part Second of Little Women. The Inheritance was finished in 1849, but not published until 1997. A Long Fatal Love Chase was completed in 1866, but went unpublished until 1995. A Long Fatal Love Chase, The Abbot’s Ghost and Behind a Mask were written as A.M. Barnard. A Modern Mephistopheles was published anonymously.

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