All-star scholarly panel opens Summer Conversational Series 2018 honoring “Little Women”

It pays to keep up the Little Women Sesquicentennial site! I just saw today exciting information regarding the opening session for this year's Summer Conversational Series at Orchard House. The theme, of course, is "Little Women in the 21st Century - 150 Years of Inspiration." Traditionally the opening session features a panel discussion. This year …

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A blend of reverence and relevance: Previews of the Little Women Masterpiece series

Excitement is building as details are revealed about the upcoming Little Women series on PBS' acclaimed Masterpiece. It will air on May 13th and 20th at 8 p.m. EST. I have pre-screened the series and will write more about my impressions as we come closer to the air date. I also have an exclusive interview …

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 …

Upcoming presentation on the Alcott connection in Swampscott and Lynn, Massachusetts

From Metaphysics & Christian Science to “Little Women:” The Alcott Family’s Connections with Swampscott & Lynn Presented by Susan Bailey Thursday, May 24 at 7 pm Swampscott Public Library 61 Burrill St., Swampscott, MA 01907 Between 1839 and 1876, Swampscott and Lynn hosted members of Louisa May Alcott’s family. Progressive educator, reformer and philosopher Bronson …

5 Trailers for the Little Women series on Masterpiece

Here's a sampling of what's to come on May 13 and 20th, 8 pm EST on PBS Masterpiece: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaIVZT4EkwA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovKmt5SPGL8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3bNUFbWd68 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtwNZNAFKQA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBpyahJJNaE Hope you enjoyed these. I received an advance copy of the serires and I will be writing about it come the first of May as well as revealing another special surprise. Stay …

1934 article in Photoplay Magazine provides description of Alcott girls by Jessica Lillian Cate Pratt, Anna’s daughter-in-law

NOTE:  I feel a need to append this post as I have heard from many of you about all the inaccuracies in this article. This seamless mixing of fact, fiction and mythology between the fictional  Marches and the real-life Alcotts is rather common in writing from this period. I've read several newspaper accounts from the …

A modern re-telling of Little Women is coming out in theaters this year!

Thanks to Jennie for this tip! The release date is September 28, 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Leyx8eBMSA&feature=youtu.be Here's some stills: And here is an interview with Clare Niederpruem, director and writer.   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 …