Cast your vote NOW to put Louisa May Alcott’s image on a circulating coin!

From the Louisa May Alcott Society, posted by Aryssa Damron: I just nominated Louisa May Alcott as part of an initiative between the U.S. Mint and the National Women's History Museum to put prominent American Women on circulating coins!  It was announced today that Maya Angelou and Sally Ride will be some of the first …

Still plenty of time to submit to “Alcott’s Hidden Critics: The Secret Reviews of Little Women”

Knowing how busy everyone is, we have developed an easier format for you to use when submitting your entries for the project "Alcott's Hidden Critics: The Secret Reviews of Little Women." Using the new Google Form allows you to upload your entry directly to us, without having to generate an email. You will need a …

“Discover Concord” features article on “Alcott’s Hidden Critics: The Secret Reviews of Little Women.”

The Spring 2021 issue of Discover Concord magazine features all the details of my current project with Lorraine Tosiello in unearthing and archiving personal references to Little Women in diaries, journals, school projects, blog posts, fan fiction, etc. Here is the link: Discover Concord Spring 2021 - see pages 56-57. We are accepting submissions now …

Exciting new project announcement, and we need your help to make it happen!

I am pleased to announce a partnership with independent Alcott scholar and author Lorraine Tosiello for a fantastic new project known as “Alcott’s Hidden Critics: The Secret Reviews of Little Women.” Through this unique and important undertaking, we seek to locate and collect reader responses to Little Women over its 150-year history and archive them …

The contest is on! Try your hand at finishing Louisa May Alcott’s story and be featured in The Strand Magazine.

You may recall late last June that The Strand published an unfinished story written by then 17-year-old Louisa May Alcott uncovered at the Houghton Library. The story left us dangling! The contest is now on to finish the story! Looking for writers The managing editor of The Strand, Andrew Gulli, is inviting writers to finish …

Far From The Tree actors talk about what Little Women means to them

Row 1: Jenaya Barker- Ensemble member. Joelle Wyminga - Amy March and Script adaptor, Tyler Dumoulin - sound designer, editor, and composer, Shelby Wyminga - Jo March and director. Kirsty Provan - Meg March  Row 2: Zach Running Coyote - Laurie, Kerri Norris - Marmee, Charlotte Denton - Beth March  Row 3: John Voth - …

Anna Alcott Pratt’s obituary

My thanks to Ray Angelo for finding this, It is from the Neenah Times in Wisconsin, dated  Friday August 4, 1893. (courtesy of newspapers.com)   Are you passionate about Louisa May Alcott too? Subscribe to the email list and never miss a post! Keep up with news and free giveaways on Susan's books, Louisa May …

Just in time for the holidays: Audio Play adaptation of “Little Women”

“I want to do something splendid. . . something heroic or wonderful that won't be forgotten after I'm dead. I don't know what, but I'm on the watch for it and mean to astonish you all someday.” -Jo March Looking for some great and meaningful family-friendly entertainment as we muddle through the pandemic? From Far …

feminism AND transcendentalism? in my assigned reading?

Thoughts on Moods by Corinna Robinson – well worth the read!

Another serene scene. I thought often of Moods and the chapters about Sylvia, Adam, Geoffrey and Max in their boats on a river just like this.

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To be quite honest, I didn’t particularly enjoy Alcott’s Moods, especially when compared to the other works we’ve read so far (much like our beloved Susan Bailey). Moods felt very slow-moving to me, and I did not grow to care as much for the characters as I typically do (and did in “La Jeune” and Behind a Mask). I didn’t dislike Sylvia, but she seemed a bit flat to me, and I didn’t have much of an opinion on which man she should marry (if she chose to marry either). I do think, however, that Moods offers readers an interesting look into Alcott’s own feminist and religious views. During her lifetime, Alcott was an avid supporter of women’s rights, and her spirituality was highly influenced by both the transcendentalist movement and the Unitarian Universalist faith that she and her family practiced.

Regarding feminism, Moods displays Alcott’s…

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louisa may alcott is susan’s passion!

Thank you to Corinna Robinson for this awesome review of my site!

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This week, for my artifact blog, I focused on the blog Louisa May Alcott is My Passion (thanks Rachael!). This blog is a collection of analytical and reflective pieces written by Susan Bailey on the “life, works and legacy of Louisa May Alcott and her family.” According to the blog, Bailey is “an active member and supporter of the Louisa May Alcott Society, the Fruitlands Museum and Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House.” While I browsed her blog’s many different categories and posts, I also listened to her podcast episode “Beauty in the humblest things,” which stood out to me as it focuses on Louisa May Alcott’s spiritual life (which has its own category on Bailey’s blog!). According to Bailey and her guest, Alcott’s spirituality is characterized by her belonging to the transcendentalist movement – she found beauty in the mundane and everyday, in human beings and human nature…

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