art by Jessie Willcox Smith
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is, undeniably, a classic. The strong heroine who chooses her own destiny despite the opinions of society, was ahead of its time. There are literally hundreds of editions of this novel, not taking into account the sequels or editions which contain multiple novels in one volume.
I have three copies and am looking for a fourth. Oddly enough, this is not because it is my favorite story, but because so many fabulous illustrators have tried their hands at capturing the March girls: Shirley Hughes, Jessie Wilcox Smith, and Trina Schart Hyman to name a few. I highly recommend the Viking edition by James Prunier, 1997. This edition from The Whole Story series includes, not only Little Women and Good Wives combined, but also annotations and illustrations in the margins to make the cultural references understandable.