All-star scholarly panel opens Summer Conversational Series 2018 honoring “Little Women”

It pays to keep up the Little Women Sesquicentennial site! I just saw today exciting information regarding the opening session for this year's Summer Conversational Series at Orchard House. The theme, of course, is "Little Women in the 21st Century - 150 Years of Inspiration." Traditionally the opening session features a panel discussion. This year …

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A blend of reverence and relevance: Previews of the Little Women Masterpiece series

Excitement is building as details are revealed about the upcoming Little Women series on PBS' acclaimed Masterpiece. It will air on May 13th and 20th at 8 p.m. EST. I have pre-screened the series and will write more about my impressions as we come closer to the air date. I also have an exclusive interview …

1934 article in Photoplay Magazine provides description of Alcott girls by Jessica Lillian Cate Pratt, Anna’s daughter-in-law

NOTE:  I feel a need to append this post as I have heard from many of you about all the inaccuracies in this article. This seamless mixing of fact, fiction and mythology between the fictional  Marches and the real-life Alcotts is rather common in writing from this period. I've read several newspaper accounts from the …

Welcome to Louisa May Alcott is My Passion!

Air Dates -- Little Women on PBS's "Masterpiece" Sundays, May 13 & 20, 2018 at 8/7c   I'm so glad you stopped by. You will know if you too are passionate about Louisa May Alcott if you answer "yes" to these questions: Have you read Little Women over and over again? Have you ever said …

Reaching Across Generations of Women: Louisa May Alcott’s Impact on Sylvia Plath

I am pleased to present a guest post by Julia Gordon-Bramer, a scholar of Sylvia Plath. This post is an excerpt from her upcoming book titled The Magician's Girl: the Mysticism of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Bramer writes, "It is my goal to teach the world more about Plath's transcendentalism, where it comes from, …

Beautiful quilt festival in Tokyo honors the 150th anniversary of Little Women

This is such a beautiful exhibit and how I wish it would come to the States! From YouTube, here is the official announcement: From Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House: Published on Jan 28, 2018 In honor of the 150th publication anniversary of Louisa May Alcott's novel, Little Women, Orchard House (Concord, MA USA) is being …

“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 …