The contest is on! Try your hand at finishing Louisa May Alcott’s story and be featured in The Strand Magazine.

You may recall late last June that The Strand published an unfinished story written by then 17-year-old Louisa May Alcott uncovered at the Houghton Library. The story left us dangling! The contest is now on to finish the story! Looking for writers The managing editor of The Strand, Andrew Gulli, is inviting writers to finish …

A Worse Place than Hell: John Matteson’s Personally Guided Odyssey through the Civil War

  John Matteson did not win the Pulitzer Prize for his first book, Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and her Father, simply because he wrote a good biography. At the time, Eden's Outcasts was an ambitious effort of a dual biography, exploring the lives of daughter and father while also analyzing their …

Book review: “A Worse Place than Hell” by John Matteson

The Lives of 5 Historical Figures Intersect in A Worse Place Than Hell A Worse Place Than Hell is a masterpiece, a must-read.  Find out more on my BookTrib.com review:     Are you passionate about Louisa May Alcott too? Subscribe to the email list and never miss a post! Keep up with news and free …

Bronson Alcott’s Fruitlands, as seen in Discover Concord Magazine

I invite you to read my latest article in the Winter edition of Discover Concord Magazine: https://discoverconcordma.com/winter-2020-issue             Are you passionate about Louisa May Alcott too? Subscribe to the email list and never miss a post! Keep up with news and free giveaways on Susan's books, Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated …

“Let Genius Burn,” a Louisa May Alcott podcast on her life and legacy coming in 2021, co-hosted by Jamie Burgess and Jill Fuller.

I am pleased to present this guest post by Jill Fuller and Jamie Burgess. Early April, sunrise. The tree branches are still black against creamy pink sunlight, and I am at my kitchen table surrounded by a stack of books, my laptop, and a mug of coffee. It is our fifth week of lockdown, and …

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The Littlest Woman: The Life and Legacy of Lizzie Alcott, the Real Beth March

I am pleased to announce that I have finished the rough draft of Chapter One of my Lizzie book. After extensive research and nine years of stops and starts, I am finally getting this down on paper. It feels terrific!

A writer needs a strategy when putting together a book, and that can take a long time to figure that out. Once solved, the writing went so much faster. I had to figure out my methodology for writing this biography and stumbled upon the answer while reading about writing a fiction novel! It taught me how to build and use chronological order as the framework while still focusing on themes. My natural tendency is to be a thematic writer, and I am also very much into process. These two things can confuse the reader because exploring themes and processes can make the story hard to follow. I discovered this after…

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Far From The Tree actors talk about what Little Women means to them

Row 1: Jenaya Barker- Ensemble member. Joelle Wyminga - Amy March and Script adaptor, Tyler Dumoulin - sound designer, editor, and composer, Shelby Wyminga - Jo March and director. Kirsty Provan - Meg March  Row 2: Zach Running Coyote - Laurie, Kerri Norris - Marmee, Charlotte Denton - Beth March  Row 3: John Voth - …

Anna Alcott Pratt’s obituary

My thanks to Ray Angelo for finding this, It is from the Neenah Times in Wisconsin, dated  Friday August 4, 1893. (courtesy of newspapers.com)   Are you passionate about Louisa May Alcott too? Subscribe to the email list and never miss a post! Keep up with news and free giveaways on Susan's books, Louisa May …

Just in time for the holidays: Audio Play adaptation of “Little Women”

“I want to do something splendid. . . something heroic or wonderful that won't be forgotten after I'm dead. I don't know what, but I'm on the watch for it and mean to astonish you all someday.” -Jo March Looking for some great and meaningful family-friendly entertainment as we muddle through the pandemic? From Far …

Lizzie Alcott’s Hillside Diary

The Littlest Woman: The Life and Legacy of Lizzie Alcott, the Real Beth March

I am pleased to share with you the only known existing journal of Elizabeth Alcott.

Disclaimer #1: I cannot guarantee total accuracy as I am not a professional transcriber.  If there is something you want to quote for a paper, please email me through the Contact page, note the page or pages you want, and I will send you photographs of these pages.

Disclaimer #2: I have annotated it with notes and insights (in red) — please keep in mind that these notes are often just my opinion about what I read  (and a few might not make sense to you) — these opinions should not be taken otherwise.

Please use the citation information below if you want to quote this diary. 

Enjoy this rare look at Lizzie Alcott at ages 10 and 11.

 
Alcott, Elizabeth Sewell, A.MS. diary 19 Apr-4 Oct 1846, Amos Bronson Alcott papers…

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