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.
Rare inside look at Louisa May Alcott’s edits on the frontispiece illustration for part 2 of Little Women
From the Firestone Library of Princeton University comes this fascinating and brief look inside the process of putting together the Second Part of Little Women for initial publication.
This article shows the original frontispiece illustrated by Hammatt Billings (showing Amy and Laurie in Europe) and Louisa’s comments scribbled in the margins. Then we get to see the final piece which ending up pleasing Alcott greatly.
Alcott also shares in a letter to a friend just how strongly she felt about Billings’ efforts.
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On May 19, 2017 9:32 AM, “Louisa May Alcott is My Passion” wrote:
> susanwbailey posted: ” From the Firestone Library of Princeton University > comes this fascinating and brief look inside the process of putting > together the Second Part of Little Women for initial publication. This > article shows the original frontispiece illustrated by Ham” >
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This is tremendous! I am very amused by Louisa’s reactions to illustrations and dramatic performances of Little Women. I agree with her on the illustrations, and think it’s first-rate that she got to see dramatizations of Little Women in her own time and make comments that I can finally read. I always wondered what she’d think.
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I loved the letter to “Betsy” — showed her spirit.
You’re always teaching us! Thank you!
Love this article! It appeals to the graphic designer inside of me, I guess. 🙂
By the way, the LMA reading challenge has begun for June 2017 on my blog. Stop by if you’re interested in participating this year!
Cool, I’m a graphic designer too, getting my start in typesetting. 🙂
I am inundated with reading that is not Alcott related so I won’t be able to participate this year. But I will post the link on social media in case other people want to join in.