Secular shelf life Rejected by some now as saccharine and sentimental or offering a restrictive view of women, it is cherished by many more who recognise the realism, humour and integrity of Alcott’s work. Secular Shelf Life Sarah Allen LITTLE WOMEN By Louisa May Alcott Little Women has entered our cultural consciousness as a byword for wholesome American family values, as emblematic as a patchwork quilt or apple pie. subscribe now Join today to gain access to the rest of this article and many others. more info login If you are already a subscriber, log in to continue. log in access code If you have an access code, enter it here: Go free trial Get free access for 14 days: Sign up Click here to find out how we take care of your personal data.