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All Things Alcott

My favorite book from childhood has always been Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Is there anything to compare with curling up with Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy, and the delightful Marmee?

From my childhood obsession with Little Women to my current fixation with visiting Orchard House, I have always loved all things Alcott. Did you know that Louisa May grew up surrounded by neighbors that included Nathanial Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau? Her family was involved in experimental education and social work. Her father, Bronson Alcott started an experimental Utopian community he called, Fruitlands, where Louisa May lived with her parents and sisters until they moved to Concord, Massachusetts. Surrounded by such genius and community, she not only became a great writer, but she was also a nurse during the American Civil War and participated in the feminist and abolitionist movements of her day. The life of Louisa May Alcott offers many opportunities for further study and what better place to start than with this list of all things Alcott.

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Laura R. Says: This is the original Little Women. This book is one of my all time favorite books ever written.
Amazon Says: Chronicles the joys and sorrows of the four March sisters as they grow into young ladies in nineteenth-century New England. more...
Amazon Says: Chronicles the joys and sorrows of the four March sisters as they grow into young ladies in nineteenth-century New England. less...
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Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
Amazon Says: Follows the adventures of Jo March and her husband Professor Bhaer as they try to make their school for boys a happy, comfortable, and stimulating place. more...
Amazon Says: Follows the adventures of Jo March and her husband Professor Bhaer as they try to make their school for boys a happy, comfortable, and stimulating place. less...
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Amazon Says: Rose Campbell, tired and ill, has come to live at "The Aunt Hill" after the death of her beloved father. Six aunts fussing and fretting over her are bad enough, but what is a more...
Amazon Says: Rose Campbell, tired and ill, has come to live at "The Aunt Hill" after the death of her beloved father. Six aunts fussing and fretting over her are bad enough, but what is a quiet 13-year-old girl to do with seven boisterous boy cousins? less...
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Louisa: The Life of Louisa May Alcott by Yona Zeldis McDonough
Amazon Says: When Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women was published in 1868 it was an instant success. Louisa drew on her experiences in writing the novel, but there’s a lot more to her r more...
Amazon Says: When Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women was published in 1868 it was an instant success. Louisa drew on her experiences in writing the novel, but there’s a lot more to her rags-to-riches story. Louisa came from a family that was poor but freethinking, and she started teaching when she was only seventeen years old. But writing was her passion. This informative biography captures the life of a compassionate woman who left an indelible mark on literature for all ages. less...
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Amazon Says: Louisa May Alcott was ten years old when her father decided to move the family to a farm called Fruitlands, to dress everybody in identical linen trousers, to give up sugar, m more...
Amazon Says: Louisa May Alcott was ten years old when her father decided to move the family to a farm called Fruitlands, to dress everybody in identical linen trousers, to give up sugar, milk, even honey. He had wanted to show the world how to live a pure life without money, and without exploiting other people or animals. Though at first this "Newness" seemed exciting to Louisa and her sisters-could they make a difference in how other people thought? Could they live on love alone?-the children soon saw that it was hard work, sometimes too hard, for a family to be so noble. After nearly nine months of trying to live a pure life, when the family was almost both starving and freezing to death, when all the other friends and helpers had given up on the utopian vision, the Alcotts finally moved back to town. But the experience would stay with Louisa May Alcott forever. Using fragments of Louisa May Alcott's diary, as well as the writing of others who lived at Fruitlands, Jeannine Atkins has recreated what it must have been like for the future author of Little Women to spend that fascinating, but ultimately, frightening year of self-sacrifice. less...
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Amazon Says: Louisa May Alcott is fascinated by her Concord neighbor Henry David Thoreau. He carries a flute in his pocket and a pencil behind his ear, and he takes the children of the to more...
Amazon Says: Louisa May Alcott is fascinated by her Concord neighbor Henry David Thoreau. He carries a flute in his pocket and a pencil behind his ear, and he takes the children of the town on nature excursions. Writing is difficult for Louisa, so she admires the way Mr. Thoreau can jot down a few lines in his notebook when a thought occurs. Through their friendship, will Mr. Thoreau be able to help Louisa find her own inspiration? The exquisite woodcuts of Caldecott Medal winner Mary Azarian transport readers to nineteenth-century Massachusetts to discover a friendship between two of America's most beloved authors, and their search to find their own inner voices. less...
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Amazon Says: We are all going to be made perfect. This day we left Concord in the rain to travel by wagon the ten miles to our new home, which Father has named Fruitlands....In 1843, with more...
Amazon Says: We are all going to be made perfect. This day we left Concord in the rain to travel by wagon the ten miles to our new home, which Father has named Fruitlands....In 1843, with all their possessions loaded onto a single wagon, young Louisa May Alcott and her family bravely venture into the wilderness. Louisa's father is determined to realize his vision of a perfect life: one where people live in peace with each other and with nature, surviving off the land. Louisa keeps a journal in which she vows to try to uphold her father's high ideals.But her family's journey can't erase her own dreams, doubts, frustrations, and fears. With the words "This is to be my secret diary," Louisa begins recording a very different version of events. Unfolding together, the two accounts reveal one remarkable tale of a young writer finding her voice.Based on Louisa May Alcott's own Journals, National Book Award winner Gloria Whelan's novel breathes new life into a forgotten chapter from the youth of the beloved author of Little Women. less...
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Amazon Says: Louisa May Alcott is best known for penning Little Women, but few are aware of the experience that influenced her writing most-her time as a nurse during the Civil War. Caring more...
Amazon Says: Louisa May Alcott is best known for penning Little Women, but few are aware of the experience that influenced her writing most-her time as a nurse during the Civil War. Caring for soldiers' wounds and writing letters home for them inspired a new realism in her work. When her own letters home were published as Hospital Sketches, she had her first success as a writer. The acclaim for her new writing style inspired her to use this approach in Little Women, which was one of the first novels to be set during the Civil War. It was the book that made her dreams come true, and a story she could never have written without the time she spent healing others in service of her country. less...
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Amazon Says: Graphic Classics: Louisa May Alcott features "Little Women", adapted for comics by Trina Robbins and illustrated by Anne Timmons. Plus lesser-known gothic mysteries and horror more...
Amazon Says: Graphic Classics: Louisa May Alcott features "Little Women", adapted for comics by Trina Robbins and illustrated by Anne Timmons. Plus lesser-known gothic mysteries and horror stories including "A Whisper in the Dark" by Antonella Caputo and Arnold Arre, "The Rival Prima Donnas" by Rod Lott and Molly Crabapple, and "Lost in a Pyramid" by Alex Burrows and Pedro Lopez. Also two poems and two strange children's stories, "Buzz" and "The Piggy Girl", illustrated by Mary Fleener, Shary Flenniken, Toni Pawlowsky and Lisa K. Weber. less...
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Amazon Says: Winona Ryder (in an Oscar(r) nominated role) and Academy Award(r) winner Susan Sarandon (1995 Best Actress, Dead Man Walking) star in this "affectionate, superbly acted" (Los more...
Amazon Says: Winona Ryder (in an Oscar(r) nominated role) and Academy Award(r) winner Susan Sarandon (1995 Best Actress, Dead Man Walking) star in this "affectionate, superbly acted" (Los Angeles Times) family favorite. With her husband off at war, Marmee (Sarandon) is left alone to raise their four daughters, her Little Women. There is the spirited Jo (Ryder); conservative Meg (Trini Alvarado, Paulie); fragile Beth (Claire Danes, William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet); and romantic Amy (played at different ages by Kristen Dunst, Wag the Dog and Samantha Mathis, Broken Arrow). As the years pass, the sisters share some of the most cherished and painful memories of self-discovery, as Marmee and Aunt March (Mary Wickes, The Man Who Came to Dinner) guide them through issues of independence, romance and virtue. Gabriel Byrne (End of Days), Eric Stoltz (TV's Chicago Hope) and Christian Bale (The Portrait of a Lady) co-star in this "handcrafted valentine" (Newsweek) of a film. less...
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