Comprehensive guide to original source material by Louisa May Alcott and family members

From Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers is the most comprehensive list of archives (minus the Houghton Library collection) regarding Louisa May Alcott that I have seen. If you are researching Alcott and her family and want to read journal entries and letters written by Alcott family members, be sure and check out these …

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Enough Little Women reboots — how about a full-length movie about the author?

The recent article in the Atlantic titled “The Lie of Little Women” by Sophie Gilbert (September 2018 issue) got me to thinking: when will someone step up and make a film about the real-life Jo March, Louisa May Alcott? I am not talking about another documentary; the American Masters film made by Nancy Porter and …

Highlights from Jo’s Boys by Louisa May Alcott

As part of the Louisa May Alcott reading challenge hosted by the In the Bookcase blog, I pledged I would read and post on Jo’s Boys and Anne Boyd Rioux’s latest, Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters. This post will be about Jo’s Boys. I am fortunate …

Writer In Bloom – looking to Louisa May Alcott for strength and inspiration

This is the first of what I hope will be many guest posts by the several talented writers, teachers and scholars who follow this blog. You all have much to say and I enjoy sharing it on this blog. This is a piece by Jill Fuller. When I am stuck in my writing or mired …

Victorian Huswifery with the Alcotts: Louisa May Alcott’s domestic service

In anticipation of my presentation of "Victorian Huswifery with the Alcotts," I thought I would share with you portions of my talk. The essence of the talk outlines the life of the family covering more than eighty years of the nineteenth century. Their wide variety of living arrangements as they struggled through poverty to eventual …

“Housekeeping ain’t no joke …” Victorian Huswifery with the Alcotts

Coming up on Thursday, February 8 from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Brigham Hill Community Barn in Grafton, MA (my hometown), I will be giving a presentation on the Victorian housewife as seen through the experiences of the Alcotts: Description I will explores the back-breaking work of the typical Victorian housewife through the experiences …

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 …