Included here are more extensive essays I have written and presentations made on the life and works of Louisa May Alcott and her family. They are made available for your reading enjoyment.

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Table of Contents


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“The Life of Louisa May Alcott Through Her Family”
March 17, 2022 ©202 Susan W. Bailey

“From Metaphysics and Christian Science to ‘Little Women:’ The Alcott Family’s Connections to Swampscott and Lynn”
May 24, 2018 ©2018 Susan W. Bailey

“‘Housework ain’t no joke …’ Victorian Huswifery with the Alcotts”
(presentation with essay and audio)

February 8, 2018 ©2018 Susan W. Bailey


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“How Birthdays Defined the Life of Louisa May Alcott
November 29th, 2021

“Experiencing The Wayside as Hillside, Home of the Alcotts”
pgs. 48-49, Discover Concord magazine,  Fall 2021
©2021 Voyager Publishing LLC

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“Alcott’s Hidden Critics: An International Sleuthing Project
(co-authored by Lorraine Tosiello) pgs. 56-57, Discover Concord magazine,  Spring 2021
©2021 Voyager Publishing LLC

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“Bronson Alcott’s Search for Eden:  Fruitlands”
pgs. 64-55, Discover Concord magazine,  Winter 2020
©2020 Voyager Publishing LLC

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“Following in the Footsteps of Thoreau”
pgs. 44-45, Discover Concord magazine,  Summer 2020
©2020 Voyager Publishing LLC

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“Louisa May Alcott: Inspiring Women Writers, Rocking the Vote”
March 2020

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“Recently uncovered story by a teenaged Louisa May Alcott creating quite the buzz”
June 2020

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Spending the Holidays with Louisa May Alcott

pg. 14, Discover Concord magazine,  Winter 2019
©2019 Voyager Publishing LLC

“Lost Photographs, a family album, and the gift of ancestry:

The search for an image of Minot Pratt unearths new photos of Anna Alcott and John Pratt”
January 14, 2018 ©2018 Susan W. Bailey

“The True Origins of the P.C. and the P.O.”

December 13, 2016 ©2016 Susan W. Bailey

“Fact, fiction & in-between: Reading Louisa May Alcott with discernment”

April 30, 2013 ©2013 Susan W. Bailey
(formerly titled “Game Changer: How One Book Changed My Perspective on History”)

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