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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Recently uncovered story by a teenaged Louisa May Alcott creating quite the buzz

How would you like to be the author that finishes a story started by Louisa May Alcott? And be published in a prominent magazine? Read on ... Many of you are probably aware of a story written by then 17-year-old Louisa May Alcott uncovered at the Houghton Library and published in the current issue of …

Book review: “Meg and Jo” by Virginia Kantra

I am pleased to present this guest post by Kristi Lynn Martin, PhD: her review of this novel based on Little Women. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Virginia Kantra’s Meg and Jo: A Contemporary Retelling of Little Women  (New York: Berkley, 2019) is a modern retelling …

A behind-the-scenes view of the Little Women movie

The Friends of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery are holding their 14th annual Breakfast Event at the Colonial Inn on April 4th, 8:30am to 10am. The featured speaker is Tim Gorman, Location Manager for the Oscar-winning Little Women movie. As you know, it was filmed entirely in MA -- Mr. Gorman will describe the various settings and …

Photo of half-brother of John Suhre (of Hospital Sketches) discovered

I am happy to share a discovery made by John Matteson, Pulitzer prize-winning author of Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father.  My thanks to him for sharing the following photo. John writes, "This is the photograph of Michael C. Lowry, the half-brother of John Suhre. Michael was also killed at …

“Little Women’s Infinite Playlist” — my interview on BookTrib regarding the many Little Women adaptations

I am pleased to have been interviewed for this story for BookTrib on the new Little Women movie plus previous adaptations: Here's a tease - the article is by Joanna Poncavage: Young women of every generation, at some point, will stare at themselves in a mirror and ask: Who am I, who will I become? …