A trivia backstory: how is it that Catholic holy cards show up in Louisa’s stories?

While researching my biography on Elizabeth Alcott, I did a very careful re-read of Little Women using Daniel Shealy's excellent annotated edition. In the course of my reading I found many interesting little details. One of them involved the poem in Chapter 46 which brought Professor Bhaer to Jo's side. Called "In the Garret," a …

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Rose in Bloom: Endings and beginnings

I am glad that I somehow got the idea from another blog that Mac and Rose did not get together. It pained me to see how Mac wooed her and she would not give in. When he shared his Thoreau essays with her and found them well received, it pained me again. So you can …

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: * …

Rose in Bloom: Phebe’s station in life stands in the way of her becoming a Campbell. Is this just?

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 second post on it: …

Rose in Bloom: Coming Home

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 first post on it: …

My choice for the Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge is … ? And what’s yours?

I choose ... And I promise lots of interesting posts! What's your choice? Visit In the Bookcase, scroll to the bottom and enter what you will be reading into the Linky. And then, let's starting reading! And talking.  Fun times ahead!  Are you passionate about Louisa May Alcott too? Subscribe to the email list and …

Wayside, and Thoreau, as you’ve never seen them before; and some news

I came across two fascinating blog posts today that shed a new light on cherished Alcott/Concord lore. Thoreau and rocks First of all, the Thoreau Society is running an interview with author Robert M. Thorson where he reveals something entire new about Thoreau.. It was discovered during his research for his book, Walden’s Shore: Henry David …