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 …

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: Educating Rose

Uncle Alec affected big changes in Rose’s life as chapters 7 and 8 of Eight Cousins demonstrate.Joy lackingEarly in the book, there were several reasons why Rose was a timid, teary child (the untimely death of her dear father, too many “cooks in the kitchen” with all her aunts, etc.). Much of the joy had been …

Eight Cousins: the value of fatherhood

Greetings to the Poet's Corner Virtual Book Club: Eight Cousins Eight Cousins (or The Aunt-Hill) introduces us to a new kind of heroine from Louisa May Alcott. Rose, blond and blue-eyed, comes from wealth. In past stories, it’s been the wealthy girls who have proven to be the antagonists (Sallie Moffat from Little Women, Fanny …