In her own words: Inside the head and heart of Anna Alcott Pratt, newlywed

Anna Alcott Pratt was one of the better writers in the family. Fluid, thoughtful and  precise, her letters and journals provide valuable insight into Alcott family life. I have often referred to her as the family secretary since she presents each family member just as they are with no commentary on her part. The details …

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Gossip from overseas: stories from “Little Women Abroad” by those mapcap Alcott sisters

I am pleased to present this guest post by Elizabeth Hilprecht, a regular reader whose insightful comments you have most likely read. We have been having a wonderful email chat back and forth about Daniel Shealy's Little Women Abroad and I asked her if she would share some of the wonderful stories taken from letters …

Read Anna Alcott Pratt’s diary from 1860-1861 — Meg March from Little Women talks about married life

Check out this find that I stumbled upon today; apparently the Houghton Library is beginning to make certain family papers available for viewing. I have always maintained that Anna Alcott Pratt was the family secretary--she was a good writer and reported clearly, accurately and with great detail all that went on within the family. I …

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A rare look at Louisa May Alcott’s life as an invalid and a patient What would you like to know about the woman behind Beth March? “Poppy’s Pranks” reveals the childhood of Louisa May Alcott Comparing the March sisters with their real life counterparts Major acquisition by the Concord Library of Louisa May Alcott working …

Louisa’s first letter in honor of her baby sister – original handwritten letter from the Houghton Library

I visited the Houghton Library in mid July and was greeted with the most wonderful surprise: Houghton is now granting permission to post the actual handwritten letters from the Alcott family! I can't tell you how excited I am to be able to share these letters with you! I have photographed probably over a hundred …

Elizabeth’s form of genius; Beth’s power in Little Women (guest post by Kristi Martin)

Warning: this is a long post but I believe, well worth the time. I was so fascinated when I first heard the presentation at the Summer Conversational Series that I opted not to take notes and just enjoy it!) At the recent Summer Conversational Series, Kristi Marti (tour guide de force; she has been a …

Abigail May Alcott’s love was her strength

Following up on my last post on Abigail Alcott, I finished transcribing yet another letter from her to Bronson dated January 4, 1858. Looking for a reply Lizzie is clearly getting worse, her days winding down until her death on March 14. Abba was her primary caregiver, a crushing responsibility in and of itself. But …