We have a winner!

Thanks to everyone for participating in the latest giveaway on the Louisa May Alcott is My Passion blog – a print of May Alcott’s painting of an owl, something she painted in Louisa’s room directly over the fireplace.

And the winner is?


Congratulations to our winner!

A haven for Alcott enthusiasts

Thanks so much for all your words of encouragement. I look forward to continuing to build this blog into a premier place where Alcott enthusiasts can live their passion for our favorite author.

Upcoming series on Abba Alcott

In the weeks to come I will begin a series about Abba Alcott. I just finished Sandford Salyor’s book, Marmee, the Mother of Little Women and am now going back to each page I turned down to take some notes. This was a wonderful book and my thanks to Gina for recommending it. I was able to buy a copy from Amazon, an original copy in its dust jacket. I am thrilled. :-). The author (a man) had some wonderful insights into Abba who was a pioneer for women and a very important influence on Louisa. She was Louisa’s champion.

p.s. I found an awesome free program that is great for getting ideas down on paper that synchronizes your computers, smart phone, iPod Touch, etc. It’s called Evernote. I can jot down ideas on my iPod and it will be available on any computer that I have Evernote loaded on. I can also take photos with my iPod or make an audio recording and they too will be made available on all my devices. It’s really easy to use. Guess I’m retiring my notebook and favorite pen for now. 🙂

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4 Replies to “We have a winner!”

  1. Horray!! Thank you, Susan! I just sent an email. I love May and am really excited. I’m so excited it’s a print LMA would have seen over her fireplace. This is going on my wall where I can remember them both.

    Appreciate it. 🙂

    Looking forward to the Abba series. She’s a woman I very much admire.

  2. I’ve been wanting to read this. But I’m wondering, what did he base his research on? Since most of her journals, letters, etc were destroyed, is he mainly basing his info on Louisa and Bronson’s writing? Does it give information that wouldn’t be found in other LMA biographies?

    1. Marmee The Mother of Little Women has a 3 page bibliography including unpublished works from the Houghton Library at Harvard. The back flap of the dust jacket says that Salyer, a graduate of Amherst College and Harvard University and a professor of English for 20 years at the U of Oklahoma, studied extensively the Alcott collection of manuscript material in the Houghton Library at Harvard and other family letters. Most of the works in the bibliography are by other authors. I’m finding that every biography offers something new and this book was no exception. Its one fault may be a too-glowing portrait of Abba but as I mentioned, I was amazed at the empathy from a male author in the 1940s.

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