Louisa May Alcott
is My Passion
Begun in 2010, this blog offers analysis and reflection by Susan Bailey on the life, works, and legacy of Louisa May Alcott and her family. Susan is an active member and supporter of the Louisa May Alcott Society, the Fruitlands Museum, and Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House.
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See Susan’s article, ” Experiencing The Wayside as Hillside, Home of the Alcotts” on pages 48-49 in the Fall 2021 edition (
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See Susan’s article, “Alcott’s Hidden Critics: An International Sleuthing Project” (co-authored by Lorraine Tosiello) on pages 56-57 in the Spring 2021 edition (
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See Susan’s article, “Bronson Alcott’s Search for Eden: Fruitlands” on pages 64-65 in the Winter 2020 edition (
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See Susan’s article on Thoreau on page 44 of
Discover Concord magazine’s Summer 2020 edition ( click here to read)
See Susan’s article on page 12 of
Discover Concord magazine’s Winter 2019 edition (click here to read)
The Lives of 5 Historical Figures Intersect in “A Worse Place Than Hell” by John Matteson
“Recently uncovered story by a teenaged Louisa May Alcott creating quite the buzz”
“Louisa May Alcott: Inspiring Women Writers, Rocking the Vote”
“Little Women’s Infinite Playlist”
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Little Women 2020: why it is better to reread the book before seeing the film
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4 things you didn’t know about classic Puffin children’s books
16 Replies to “My choice for the Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge is … ? And what’s yours?”
I will be reading Behind a Mask: The Unknown Thrillers of Louisa May Alcott. I’ve been meaning to read it since it was first published in 1975.
Oh excellent! During the month I will put up a post soliciting comments about books that people are reading so I hope you will share your comments when that comes.
I’ve never heard of it, but that sounds like fascinating read, Deborah!
Louisa wrote lots of thrillers like that. I’ve only read “Pauline’s Passion and Punishment.”
Oh and “A Long Fatal Love Chase” – loved that one!
Ooh! We happen to be reading the same book for the challenge. How pleasant! I’ll be excited to read your thoughts on the book as the month progresses.
And yours too!
Rose in Bloom is one of my favorites. Behind the Mask is a good one. Her thrillers are very well written and entertaining.
My mother read us Eight Cousins and then Rose in Bloom and we all cried our eyes out over Charlie.
I just read that chapter! I was in denial the whole chapter. I just couldn’t believe it.
The name Charlie has become forever associated in my mind with tragedy. When my mother read it to us she’d already read the book years before in her own childhood. She knew what was coming and she still had to put the book down and sob.
Oh my. I’ve always maintained that Louisa’s most effective writing was in illness, death and tragedy. With Beth in Little Women it was obvious it was coming but with Charlie, not.
Have you read her nursing stories? Those were terribly sad. Sigh.
Do you mean Hospital Sketches? Yes, sad but somehow uplifting too because she injects so much nobility and hope into the process of dying, It was a great help when I was grieving over my mother several years ago.
What a wonderful idea! I am torn…there are so many wonderful books to choose from! I think I will read Behind A Mask too, as I have never read it all through so it will be something “new”. Look forward to seeing others’ choices and thoughts.
And looking forward to yours too!