An exciting first! The announcement of a novel about May Alcott by Jeannine Atkins

This is big news – the first of its kind – a novel about May Alcott! And from one of our readers, Jeannine Atkins, author of several books including her most recent, Views from a Window Seat and Becoming Little Women (see previous post). Congratulations, Jeannine, we can hardly wait!

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Views from a Window Seat

I’m in full dream-come-true mode as I announce that LITTLE WOMAN IN BLUE: A NOVEL OF MAY ALCOTT will be published by She Writes Press in fall 2015.

My fascination with the youngest Alcott sister began when I was a girl playing Little Women with two friends and my older sister, who claimed the role of Jo March. I also wanted to get my hands ink-stained and eat apples in a garret, but I didn’t see what was so wrong with liking clothes or handsome boys, too. As years passed and I learned about point of view, I wondered how much the portrait of May changed to Amy in Little Women was developed from the lens of an older sister, who might have been jealous of an independent girl who didn’t feel as strong a need to please their parents.

The many writers of nineteenth century Concord gave me plenty…

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8 Replies to “An exciting first! The announcement of a novel about May Alcott by Jeannine Atkins”

  1. Beyond Little Women: Louisa May Alcott is the title of my show for 25 years. I hope it’s not co-oped for a book! It says exactly what I want it to say. Oh well. Can’t copyright a title.

    Marianne Donnelly 1-702-956-7333 ༜Living-History Touring Shows: Janis Joplin, Louisa May Alcott (NPR-NH 2014 broadcast) ༜Reporter: LV NV Tribune Theatre and Social ༜Personal Swim Coach: CPR certified

  2. Thank you, Susan! I’ve treasured every word about May Alcott in your posts — and hey I like those other sisters, too! — so it’s wonderful to have you post my happy news here!

  3. Greeting,

    I am a middle school teacher and because it is the month of November I wanted to celebrate Louisa May Alcott for the whole week before thanksgiving break because she wrote the story “old fashioned thanksgiving” however I have only read ” little women” in my own personal life, so I will be incorporating that novel in my lessons plans as well. What i would like to know is are there free resources I could use for my class next week such a biographies, printable handouts, literary analysis, I know I want to show them a few episodes of the Saban adventures of little women anime from the 80s (because that’s how i was actually introduced to little women). I am also looking for a free copy online of this PBS program to show my students AMERICAN MASTERS | Scene from Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind ‘Little Women’ | PBS

    Please help!

    1. How wonderful! Your students are lucky. 🙂 is a great resource for videos and handouts. Also try Orchard House’s site at – you can take your students through a virtual tour of the house here; the site also has biographies on each family member – you can find them here has all of Louisa’s writing available for download since her books are in the public domain.

      Let me know if you need any other assistance.

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