Getting to know the women who discovered Louisa’s alias as A. M. Barnard

I discovered a wonderful article about Madeleine Stern and Leona  Rostenberg in a journal for the Independent Online Bookseller's Association. This group, the IOBA, features articles about antiquarian (aka old) book collectors and sellers. Rostenberg and Stern are best known for their discovery of Louisa May Alcott's secret life as A. M. Barnard. Under that …

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“Pauline’s Passion and Punishment”

I'm currently reading chapter 6 in Susan Cheever's book, Louisa May Alcott A Personal Biography which focuses on the years of 1863-65 when Louisa would serve as a nurse in the Civil War, and taste her first literary successes. Louisa had been writing her "blood and thunder" tales to earn money for "the pathetic family" …