It’s here! “The Forgotten Alcott: Essays on the Artistic Legacy and Literary Life of May Alcott Nieriker” landed on my doorstep.

IMPORTANT UPDATE:  Please note that the book is currently unavailable for purchase due to errors on the part of the publisher. The editors are working closely with Routledge to correct this situation.  Once settled,  The Forgotten Alcott will be made available for purchase again. On behalf of the editors and fellow contributors, I apologize for …

Book review: “Letters From “Little Women” Craft Intimacy Between Reader and Alcott’s Beloved Characters” (from BookTrib)

What would it be like to read actual letters from the March sisters? How would their handwriting appear? What could the composition of such letters reveal about the characters, and how would it affect your reading experience? from Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Women-Featuring-Characters-Manuscripts/dp/1797208918 You can discover the answers to these intriguing questions and more in an exquisite …

How Birthdays Defined the Life of Louisa May Alcott

In honor of Louisa's 189th and Bronson's 222nd birthdays, I am pleased to present this article on how birthdays defined Louisa's life. And you can bet her father had much to do with it! "November 29th, 2021 marks the 189th birthday of Louisa May Alcott, the author of Little Women. In a remarkable coincidence, Louisa …

“Let Genius Burn,” a Louisa May Alcott podcast on her life and legacy, co-hosted by Jamie Burgess and Jill Fuller is here!

The wait is over. The long-awaited eight-part podcast miniseries by Alcott scholars Jamie Burgess and Jill Fuller debuted today, July 12. Judging from the first episode, it has been worth the wait! Jill and Jamie are affable and knowledgeable hosts. They aim to tell the story of Louisa's life through a series of "puzzle pieces" …

“Discover Concord” features article on “Alcott’s Hidden Critics: The Secret Reviews of Little Women.”

The Spring 2021 issue of Discover Concord magazine features all the details of my current project with Lorraine Tosiello in unearthing and archiving personal references to Little Women in diaries, journals, school projects, blog posts, fan fiction, etc. Here is the link: Discover Concord Spring 2021 - see pages 56-57. We are accepting submissions now …

Just in time for the holidays: Audio Play adaptation of “Little Women”

“I want to do something splendid. . . something heroic or wonderful that won't be forgotten after I'm dead. I don't know what, but I'm on the watch for it and mean to astonish you all someday.” -Jo March Looking for some great and meaningful family-friendly entertainment as we muddle through the pandemic? From Far …

Chapter V. Being Neighborly

A lovely post about Jo’s first meetup with Laurie, and reminder to us all to be good neighbors.

Little Women 150

By Sarah Wadsworth

Looking through the clear plastic dust jacket of my childhood copy of Little Women is like peering through a window: behind the transparent “pane,” Marmee plays the piano while the girls joyously sing. Inside, a bookplate signed in my neatest thirteen-year-old hand takes me from the Marches’ parlor to my own family home. I turn the page and an inscription—”December 1976 / Merry Christmas Sarah”—calls to mind the kindness of the giver to a book-loving girl growing up, like Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, in a home defined by a father’s absence as well as a mother’s presence.

In “Being Neighborly,” kindness is key. The adjective “kind” appears four times, “kindly” three times, and “kinder” once. Kindness is made manifest in acts of thoughtful generosity, each one begetting reciprocal acts in kind. Eager to make friends, Jo arrives at the Laurence house bearing three kittens from Beth…

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Official Trailer for “Little Women: A Modern Movie”

I think this looks very promising; can't wait to see it. I'd love it if a bunch of us could go together: anybody in New England interested? https://www.facebook.com/littlewomenfilm/videos/1595358490562431/ Are you passionate about Louisa May Alcott too? Subscribe to the email list and never miss a post! Keep up with news and free giveaways on Susan's …

First thoughts on the upcoming Little Women series on Masterpiece

As the date for Little Women on Masterpiece nears, I wanted to share a few thoughts on this three-part series (hopefully without giving away spoilers). I was fortunate to have received an advance copy from Laura Garvey of WGBH in Boston and for that, I am grateful. Reactions from across the sea A lot of …

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 …

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