Finding serializations of popular Alcott books in St. Nicholas magazines

Amazing finds today at the local used bookstore (or rather, old book warehouse), The Book Bear in charming W. Brookfield, MA. First, two volumes of St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls: The volume for 1875 (with a serialization of Eight Cousins) and the volume for 1878 (with a serialization of Under the Lilacs): And …

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Merry Christmas from Orchard House (and from me!) – a look back over an extraordinary year, and a look ahead

2017 has been a banner year for Alcott fans (and more is promised in 2018 and 2019 as the 150th anniversary of the publication of Little Women looms). As a result it has also been quite the year for this blog! Especially within the last several months, the growth of readership has been extraordinary. I …

Major acquisition by the Concord Library of Louisa May Alcott working manuscripts

Alcott scholar Joel Myerson announced today that the Concord Library has acquired rare working manuscripts of Louisa May Alcott, pointing to an article titled "Louisa May Alcott Manuscripts Go to Concord Free Public Library in Private Sale" by Jeanne Schinto. The deal was brokered by Marsha Malinowski Fine Books & Manuscripts of New York City. …

Rose in Bloom: Charlie

Are you taking part in the Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge, sponsored by this blog and In the Bookcase? It's not too late to jump in! After reading this post, head on over to In the Bookcase and read all about it. My choice is Rose in Bloom and here is my third post on it: * …

Finishing up Eight Cousins: Your own worst enemy

Having finally finished Eight Cousins, it amuses me that an overarching theme of this book is that women can be their own worst enemy. Who comes out well … For Rose, Uncle Alec is the hero and the boys are her true friends. Anyone who knows anything about Louisa May Alcott knows her penchant for …

Eight Cousins and Little Men: The art of domesticity

I am finally getting around to finishing Eight Cousins. I admit this book has not held my interest like I hoped it would but now that I’m getting closer to the end, I’m enjoying it more. Perhaps I know too much back story (such as the fact that Louisa didn’t really enjoy writing this type …

Louisa May Alcott Summer Reading Challenge – What I’m reading

The In The Bookcase blog is holding a Louisa May Alcott summer reading challenge so you know I have to participate! 🙂 Here's what I plan on reading: 1. Finish my re-read of Little Women (and Little Women (Norton Critical Edition) edited by Gregory Eiselein and Anne K. Phillips) 2. Finish my re-read of Louisa May …