See a letter written by Louisa to her publisher regarding a sequel to Little Women

In conjunction with an exhibit at the Houghton Library at Harvard University entitled  Louisa May Alcott: Family Life & Publishing Ventures, Alcott scholars Daniel Shealy and Joel Myerson contributed a post to Houghton's blog called "You've Got Mail" (highlighting various letters from Houghton's vast collection) regarding a sequel to Little Women. Here's a tease. Be …

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Beautiful Little Women book covers

Check out all the beautiful book covers of Little Women from its publication to the present - quite a collection. Nice summary too, here's a tease:  The Reference Guide to American Literature describes the creation of the book(s) in this way: “Alcott’s purpose in writing Little Women was not to create a nostalgic portrait of an idyllic childhood, …

Let’s celebrate! Scenes from Orchard House’s Centennial

You knew I couldn't stay away and I didn't! It was a picture-perfect day and I have lots of photos to share. The house tour was done differently with a guide in every room which allotted lots of time for questions. 🙂 I was even able to identify the species of owl that May painted …

Beth March as a doll

I received a wonderful email from the mother of Amelie Lasker, the young actress who portrayed Beth March in the Concord Players' production of Little Women this past May (see past post for more on this play). She shared with me the sweet remembrance given to each March sister cast member, created by the costumers …

Happy Birthday, Orchard House!

Today marks the official 100th birthday of Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House as a museum. On May 17th, Carrie Hoyle (my maiden name, not sure if we're related), secretary of the Louisa May Alcott Memorial Association sent a letter to John Alcott Pratt, son of Anna and adopted heir of Louisa, inviting him to Orchard …

Today in Alcott history …

The American Literary Blog reports: The first of what became four installments of Hospital Sketches was published in the magazine Boston Commonwealth on May 22, 1863. Later, in book form, it carried the subtitle "An Army Nurse's True Account of Her Experiences During the Civil War." The author, Louisa May Alcott, had spent about six weeks …

Be sure and check out Twitter and Facebook links – good stuff!

I found some great stuff today which I posted on Facebook and Twitter: Little tidbits about Eve LaPlante's new book, Marmee & Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother Details about the Boston Pops concert held especially for the centennial of Orchard House (pssst! great deal on tickets, check it out) …