New book on Louisa and Abba

Yet another new book is coming out about Louisa and this time it pairs her off with her mother. Marmee & Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother by Eve LaPlante is due out November 6, 2012 according to

LaPlante reveals how Abigail May Alcott (Marmee) was the true force behind Louisa’s writing success. Drawing upon old and new sources  (previously undiscovered family journals and letters), she portrays Abba as the strong, assertive pioneer feminist that became one of the country’s first social workers. Dispelling forever the myth that Bronson was the main influence, LaPlante shows Abba to be Louisa’s champion, encouraging her daughter to write and pursue her dream.

The most tantalizing aspect of this new work is the discovery of new primary sources, especially journals previously thought destroyed. This eager reader hopes those journals belong to Abba for Abba was considered by some to be an even better writer than Louisa.

Marmee & Louisa can be found on and; you can read much more about this upcoming book on LaPlante’s website.

I just pre-ordered my copy and I can’t wait!

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6 Replies to “New book on Louisa and Abba”

  1. Eve LaPlante is one of the speakers this summer at Orchard House’s Summer Conversational Series in July – can’t wait! -Beth

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