The first biography: Louisa May Alcott The Children’s Friend by Ednah Dow Cheney

The first book to be released on the life of Louisa May Alcott was Ednah Dow Cheney’s Louisa May Alcott, The Children’s Friend. A sweet and romanticized account of Louisa’s life, this book was geared for the countless fans of Little Women and children of all ages.  Cheney, a longtime friend of the family (who had been sweet on Bronson) was entrusted with Louisa’s letters and journals which she edited and released in her adult version of Louisa’s life known as  Louisa May Alcott, Her Life, Letters and Journals.

Louisa May Alcott, The Children’s Friend was released in 1888, the same year that Louisa died. I was lucky enough to acquire an original copy (see previous post) from The Barrow in Concord and so can share sample pages from the book with you:

louisa may alcott the children's friend frontpiece

inside cover

louisa may alcott the children's friend title page

orchard house

sleepy hollow

to a robin

Louisa’s first poem

a song from the suds

To Lulu from Bronson

To Lulu from Bronson

Memoriam for Abigail May Alcott

Memoriam for Abigail May Alcott

You can see the book in its entirety here.

Click to Tweet & ShareSee the original 1888 edition of the first bio on LMA: Louisa May Alcott The Children’s Friend by Ednah Dow Cheney http://wp.me/p125Rp-1wE

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3 thoughts on “The first biography: Louisa May Alcott The Children’s Friend by Ednah Dow Cheney

  1. loved this. how lucky to have that book. thank you for posting about it, xo LMA

    • susanwbailey says:

      If you ever have a chance to come to Concord, be sure and check out The Barrow. It’s behind Fritz & Gigi, a children’s shop owned by descendants of the Alcotts. I have found several finds like this one and they’re pretty cheap!

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