Here’s a fun re-enactment of Louisa May Alcott by actress Marianne Donnelly

Marianne Donnelly recently left a comment on this blog referring readers to this video. She gave me permission to post it here. “Beyond Little Women” celebrated Louisa in this living history performance at Brownell Library, Essex Junction VT. Marianne is available for national bookings with references available. You can contact her at 831-454-6333 or email …

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Why Louisa May Alcott has Dorothea Dix to thank for her nursing career

Here’s an interesting article about Dorothea Dix, the powerhouse behind the organizatio of women nurses for the Civil War (the first time women were allowed to serve as nurses). Louisa May Alcott served under Dix: “ . . . Thirty-year-old Louisa May Alcott, the author of Little Women who nursed at Union Hospital in Washington, …

How well do you know Little Women?

Try this fun quiz - it's trickier than you think! Little Women quiz

ALA Alcott Programs to feature Daniel Shealy, Harriet Reisen and Nancy Porter, and Jan Turnquist

And I have been invited to attend! I will be able to take pictures and will take extensive notes so that you can 'virtually' go there too. Harriet Reisen was kind enough to invite me to participate and I am very much looking forward to hearing from Daniel Shealy who helped to edit Louisa May …

Book Review: Louisa May Alcott A Personal Biography by Susan Cheever

Susan Cheever has offered the latest in a flurry of books about Louisa May Alcott; hers is titled Louisa May Alcott A Personal Biography. In a little over 250 pages, she sketches out the life of the popular author of Little Women. Cheever's book is an easy read, with a writing style that is very …

New promotional videos on Louisa May Alcott biography added to this site

Click on the Audio/Visual tab and scroll down to the VISUAL section where I've just posted a promotional video featuring Susan Cheever discussing her book, Louisa May Alcott A Personal Biography. She does a nice job of explaining the motivation behind the book and her feelings about Louisa being such a modern woman who can …

Little Women and Harry Potter

I wish I could have read Little Women when it first came out in 1868-69 and known what little girls experienced when reading this apparently revolutionary book. I've heard it said that Louisa May Alcott is the first J.K. Rowling because of the wild success of Little Women and its sequels. I have two grown …