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.

This is a must see — click on the title:

Alcott to Billings: Oh, Please change em!

 

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5 thoughts on “Rare inside look at Louisa May Alcott’s edits on the frontispiece illustration for part 2 of Little Women

  1. Your work is a joy to me. How are you. Didn’t have any response. Was there a review posted?

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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” >

  2. Elizabeth Hilprecht says:

    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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  3. You’re always teaching us! Thank you!

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