About this blog

Little Women. A classic book read by millions of women over 150 years. Read and reread. Loved and passed down.

Inspiring women to live boldly. To be all they can be.

  • How many times have you read Little Women? Have you ever said to yourself, “I want to be Jo March!”
  • Have you ever wondered about the woman who wrote Little Women, the woman who is Jo March, and more?
  • And have you ever wanted to meet others just as interested in Louisa May Alcott as you?

That’s what Louisa May Alcott is My Passion is all about.

Here’s the place where you can indulge in your passion!

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Passionate about Louisa

I am passionate about Louisa May Alcott’s life, works and legacy. I devote my time to
reading, writing and study. I spend time in nearby Concord (home of Orchard House), Houghton Library at Harvard University and libraries in my area.

All this so I can share my passion with you.

I have created a community of Alcott enthusiasts where together we freely discuss Louisa’s fascinating life, read and analyze her books, and participate in the many community activities that take place in honor of Little Women and its author.

Join our community and share your love of Louisa.

Meeting others who are passionate about Louisa

We have all kinds of fans in our community: scholars, published authors, and enthusiasts just like you. This blog has afforded me the pleasure of meeting several prominent Alcott authors and scholars:

  • Harriet Reisen (Louisa May Alcott The Woman Behind Little Women)
  • Susan Cheever (American Bloomsbury, Louisa May Alcott A Personal Biography)
  • Daniel Shealy (The Journals of Louisa May Alcott and The Selected Letters of Louisa May Alcott, with Joel Myerson and Madeleine Stern; Alcott in Her Own Time, Little Women Abroad)
  • Martha Saxton (Louisa May A Modern Biography)
  • Richard Francis (Fruitlands: The Alcott Family and Their Search for Utopia)
  • Gabrielle Donnelly (Little Women Letters)
  • Jeannine Atkins (Becoming Little Women)
  • Julie Dunlap (Louisa May and Mr. Thoreau’s Flute¸ with Marybeth Lorbiecki and Mary Azarian)
  • Jan Turnquist, Executive Director of Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House

You, however, don’t need to be a scholar or an author. Just being a fan is enough. You, as a fan, will have a wellspring of knowledge and opinions to share, and we want to hear them!

Who am I?

My name is Susan Bailey and I have been endlessly fascinated with Louisa May Alcott since I was a little girl. Beginning with children’s biographies, I have eagerly read anything I can get my hands on regarding Louisa.

Having read about the author before reading her writings, I am now catching up on Louisa’s many books, short stories and poems.

Along with reading and writing, I enjoy the outdoors (especially birding and kayaking), playing the guitar and singing, politics and spending time with my family which includes my husband of 34 years and two grown children.

My faith is an integral part of my life and I enjoy learning about Louisa’s beliefs.

Oh, and I have an “inordinate love of cats!” See my slideshow below.

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You can also catch me on Facebook and Twitter where there is also a page known as, you guessed it, Louisa May Alcott is My Passion.

I look forward to meeting you!

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8 thoughts on “About this blog

  1. Mary Shaffer says:

    Hello,
    I found myself loving Little Women. Our book group has done something over the years, we pair a classic piece of literature with a book based on that same story. For example, Mrs. Dalloway and The Hours. I’ve loved doing this combination. Last month we read Little Women, coupled with Little Women Letters. The author will attend our book group, tonight!
    I think what I love about Little Women is this quality of striving to be “good” and yet, I know it drove some of the members in our book group crazy. Saying, “it’s so unrealistic”. While I certainly wouldn’t disagree, I think it represents a wish to have that kind of wholesome loving relationship, with ourselves and with one another. I have wondered how the works of the Pilgrim influenced Ms. Alcott’s writing? As well as what I have read that she was quite wanting to write the opposite, as a way of pleasing her father. I’ll search around on your site, favorite and read more. Because, to my surprise, I was quite taken with this work.
    Thank you,
    Mary Shaffer

    • susanwbailey says:

      Thank you for your thoughtful comments. Pilgrim’s Progress definitely influenced Little Women (many of the chapter titles are taken from that book). Pilgrim’s Progress was Bronson Alcott’s favorite book – it directed his entire life.

      How cool that Gabrielle Donnelly is coming to your book group! She and I have become friends through this blog and met in Concord during the Fall – she is delightful (and you know that now, since she came to your group yesterday :-))

      Thank you for visiting my blog!

  2. So glad Jillian introduced me to you!
    I look forward to getting to know you better (as well as LMA) through your blog:)
    Blessings!

  3. Mystery says:

    Oh My God!!! How lucky that I found this blog! :) I am going to read this blog from start to end, Little Women was/is/always would be my most favorite book on planet earth! Wonderful to meet you in the internet! :)

  4. Auchithya Weerasinghe says:

    Hello. Delighted to have found this blog through Facebook. I’m a 20 year old girl from Sri Lanka, and have been reading LMA for the most part of my life. My favourite book is Rose in Bloom, I loved it much more than Little Women and any of the others. I read your article on Eight Cousins – absolutely loved it, it was a real eye-opener, and look forward to forthcoming reviews.

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