Rose in Bloom (Paperback)
Rose in Bloom (1876) is a novel by American author, feminist, and abolitionist Louisa May Alcott. Based on her experience of being raised by a father dedicated to education reform, and grounded in her radical beliefs on the role of women in society, Rose in Bloom is a masterpiece of children's literature that explores themes of family, death, and perseverance. Rose Campbell was a young girl when her parents passed away. Orphaned, she was taken to the Boston home of her great aunts, the Campbell sisters, who raised her while awaiting the arrival of their brother Alec, Rose's legal guardian. Now an adult, Rose has returned from a lengthy stay in Europe to find herself pressured to join New England high society in search of a husband. Hesitant at first, she is convinced that by staying true to her education and morals, she will be able to either find a decent man to marry, or at least provide guidance to na ve and wayward suitors. Charlie, her distant cousin, proves one of the latter, and despite Rose's best efforts he struggles immensely with a fierce addiction to alcohol. As Rose attempts to navigate social life without surrendering her sense of independence, Phebe, her friend and former servant, attempts to rise above her lowly background to become a professional singer and to prove herself worthy of marriage to Archie, Rose's cousin. Although less popular than Alcott's "March Family Saga," Rose in Bloom is a brilliant work that captures the power of love and community over prejudice and convention, and-like each of the author's works-has long been read and adored by children and adults alike. With a beautifully designed cover and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of Louisa May Alcott's Rose in Bloom is a classic of American literature and children's fiction reimagined for modern readers.