An Artist without the Temperament: How Rare!

In reading May's accounts of her travels and adventures, and hearing how other family members saw her, it occurs to me that May Alcott Nieriker is the first artist I've ever 'met' that didn't have the artist temperament. How do I know? I should know, I've been 'blessed' with one. 🙂 My art teacher in …

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May Alcott Nieriker was a bargain shopper!

When Louisa sent May back to Europe on her own, I found it amusing to read in May's letters (from Ticknor's memoir) how she would bargain shop. A woman after my own heart! She often mentioned in her letters how she did this, from shopping for clothes out of fashion season, to taking free art …

Day 3 May Alcott a Memoir – Opposites Attract

I get it now why Louisa became so close to her sister, May, and it's because they were opposites. An obvious thought to be sure, but Ticknor's memoir made that all the clearer to me. Louisa was complex, conflicted, duty bound, guilt-ridden . . . a rather typical 19th century New Englander from all appearances. …

Where are the current relatives of the Alcott Family?

Reading about May and Louisa's European tour in 1870-71 in Caroline Ticknor's book, May Alcott A Memoir reminds me again of how strong the creative life force was in that family. There was such a sense of adventure in those two women, expressed through colorful stories and informative sketches and drawings. Was such talent and …

Reading May Alcott’s memoir, some thoughts

I'm about a quarter of the way through Caroline Ticknor's May Alcott A Memoir and wanted to comment on it here as I read it. Already I'm finding things of interest. 1. I knew that Alfred Whitman was part of her inspiration for Laurie in Little Women, but I didn't realize how close the friendship …

Book review: Louisa May Alcott The Woman Behind Little Women by Harriet Reisen

I just finished reading Harriet Reisen's book (which I bought for myself), Louisa May Alcott, the Woman Behind Little Women and already wishing I could turn back the clock and read it all over again. It's been a wonderful companion this past month. Having read several biographies on Louisa May, I wondered if I could …

Welcome!

I was looking for an excuse to create this blog after my latest reading 'binge' on Louisa May Alcott, someone whom I find endlessly fascinating.  That excuse came in the form of a challenge, the "All Things Alcott" challenge, where we are to pursue our love of anything related to Louisa May Alcott (be it …