Louisa May Alcott was not the only Alcott working off sexual energy

From Women and Health in America (first edition) there is this intriguing essay titled "What Ought to Be and What Was: Women’s Sexuality in the Nineteenth Century" by Carl N. Degler. Quoting Dr Charles Taylor, 1882— “It is not a matter of indifference whether a woman live a single or a married life … I …

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Call for papers: Summer Conversational Series 2016 at Orchard House

From Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House: We are currently accepting proposals for our July 2016 Summer Conversational Series and Teacher Institute, Finding Beauty in the Humblest Things: Louisa May Alcott’s Literary Vision.  Deadline for submission is February 15.  Please include, with your one-page proposal, your title and a brief bio, and submit to ladams@louisamayalcott.org and …

Fun, surprises and inspiration at John Matteson’s book signing of The Annotated Little Women

This past Sunday, November 8, a group of Alcott enthusiasts had the distinct pleasure of attending a book signing and reading with John Matteson, the editor of The Annotated Little Women at The Concord Bookstore. Surprise! As he was about to speak, we were greeted with a surprise guest, "Louisa" (aka Jan Turnquist) herself! She …

The Annotated Little Women edited by John Matteson is a treasure

Just when you think there can't be anything more revealed about the Alcotts, something new and wonderful comes our way. A treasure chest This rich and gorgeous volume of Little Women is filled with treasures that delight any fan of the March family from the casual reader to the Alcott wonk (like me). John Matteson …

The Louisa May Alcott Society celebrates their tenth anniversary with a visit from “Louisa!”

On a cool and cloudy day a group of dedicated teachers, writers, academics and hard-core fans gathered together at ground zero to celebrate the love of an author who had, in one way or another, transformed their lives. Thus was the gathering of the Louisa May Alcott Society as we celebrated ten years as an …

Share your love for Louisa May Alcott with everyone!

Check out this perk for supporting Orchard House with a membership: Now I can share my love of Louisa May Alcott with everyone! Here's how you can join and support Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House. Click to Tweet & Share: Share your love for Louisa May Alcott with everyone! http://wp.me/p125Rp-1Ex Are you passionate about Louisa May …

A visit with fans from abroad gets us the “wonk” tour: Did you know these tidbits about Orchard House?

You never know what a house can tell you! No matter how many times I visit Orchard House, I always learn something new. Last Friday I had the privilege of meeting longtime email friends from Paris, France. Charline Bourdin, the author of the first French biography of Louisa May Alcott and the webmaster of a …