Introducing the first official French biography of Louisa May Alcott

Sometime ago I was contacted by Charline Bourdin who blogs about Louisa May Alcott in France. She recently authored a book on Louisa’s life, published by Devin Editions.


LOUISA_LOW_116Titled Louisa May Alcott Ou la véritable histoire de Josephine March, this is the first official biography of Louisa in French.

Charline Bourdin was born in Rouen, France. She studied literature before becoming a secretary in a high school. Her favorite authors are especially Anglo-Saxon: Lewis Carroll, Jane Austen, Lucy Maud Montgomery, and of course, Louisa May Alcott whom she discovered when she was nineteen. Charline is very interested also in the life of younger sister May Alcott Nieriker; She currently resides in Meudon where May lived.

lis adams with french louisa bio for webCharline was kind enough to send me a copy of the book for my library plus one I requested for Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House. Last Thursday I presented the book to Lis Adams, Education Coordinator at Orchard House.

I encourage you to visit Charline’s excellent blog; Google will translate the French into English. In her latest post, she put up a beautiful set of photos of Grez Sur Loing where May spent a summer in 1877. In such a picturesque place, one can certainly imagine gracious and statuesque May, armed with her enthusiasm and sketching pad and pencils producing many wonderful sketches and perhaps a painting or two.

Louisa’s legacy continues to grow and spread!

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4 Replies to “Introducing the first official French biography of Louisa May Alcott”

  1. Thank you very much for your post! I’m very touched! I hope that my book will help in making french people read and like Louisa’s books.
    Congratulations for your very interesting blog!

  2. Hi!

    I know that this isn’t related to your post but I thought you might like to be made aware of this book called Little Women letters from the House of Alcott. The authors names are Jessie Bonstelle and Marian de Forest. It has some great excerpts from the journals of the Alcotts. It really is a great read so if you don’t have it or weren’t aware of it then I would strongly recommend it to you! I love your work by the way!

    1. I have actually read Little Women Letters from the House of Alcott – it is one of my favorite of the books that came out during the early 1900s. Not only does it have great diary excerpts, but it has actual photos of some of the entries. It’s a very cool book. I loved how the two authors came upon Orchard House and stayed up all night reading the papers in the house! How cool is that? Glad you got a chance to read it.

      Here are a couple of posts I did on this book:
      Intimate Letters
      Fleshing Out Anna Alcott Pratt

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