Work: A Story of Experience

Louisa May ALCOTT (1832 - 1888)

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" 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". (Summary by Bonnie Lee)

Genre(s): Published 1800 -1900

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Preface- Quote & Inscription Aaron Elliott
00:01:11
Play 01 Chapter 1- Christie Andy Yu
00:24:46
Play 02 Chapter 2- Servant Wendy Belcher
00:29:53
Play 03 Chapter 3- Actress Linda Lee Paquet
00:37:20
Play 04 Chapter 4- Governess Darla
00:56:42
Play 05 Chapter 5- Companion Linda Lee Paquet
01:03:31
Play 06 Chapter 6- Seamstress Daniele
00:36:46
Play 07 Chapter 7- Through the Mist Fr. Richard Zeile of Detroit
00:43:44
Play 08 Chapter 8- A Cure For Despair Darla
00:42:00
Play 09 Chapter 9- Mrs. Wilkins's Minister daisy55
00:41:00
Play 10 Chapter 10- Beginning Again daisy55
00:48:20
Play 11 Chapter 11- In the Strawberry Bed bethanyjoy
00:19:22
Play 12 Chapter 12- Christie's Gala Linda Lee Paquet
00:45:25
Play 13 Chapter 13- Waking Up Violet
00:47:26
Play 14 Chapter 14- Which? Wendy Belcher
00:38:56
Play 15 Chapter 15- Midsummer Linda Lee Paquet
00:35:27
Play 16 Chapter 16- Mustered In M. Bertke
00:43:05
Play 17 Chapter 17- The Colonel Linda Lee Paquet
00:25:36
Play 18 Chapter 18- Sunrise Darla
00:15:35
Play 19 Chapter 19- Little Heart's-Ease Jennifer Stearns
00:26:31
Play 20 Chapter 20- At Forty Lucy Burgoyne
00:45:16