Look What I Found: Books About Louisa May Alcott

One of my goals in the All Things Alcott Challenge is to read about the author. As I was starting to track down various resources, Penny of Life On the Cutoff, left an encouraging comment with some book suggestions. She is an avid Alcott fan and has visited Orchard House, one of Alcott’s homes that is now a museum in Concord, Massachusetts. Penny also suggested visiting Orchard House online.

Here are Penny’s two suggestions relating to Ms. Alcott:

  • Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women by Harriet Reisen. Ms. Reisen produced the documentary from which the book developed. The documentary (on PBS last fall) is now on DVD. For mored information about the book and the DVD, go here.
  • LIttle Women Abroad, The Alcott Sisters’ Letters from Europe, 1870-1871, edited by Daniel Shealie (sp?) is also quite good.

At the library I found a copy of the biography Kelly O’Connor McNees used as inspiration when writing The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott. I’ve just started it and I see why it inspired her.

  • Louisa May Alcott: A Modern Biography by Martha Saxton

I found another biography that looked equally as good. I find Ms. Stern’s name in quite a few references about Ms. Alcott. She must be one of the leading scholars on the author.

  • Louisa May Alcott: A Biography by Medeleine Stern
Here are three more I found that  also look good.
  • Eden’s Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father by John Matteson (Winner of 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Biography)
  • The Glory Cloak: A Novel of Louisa May Alcott and Clara Barton by Patricia O’Brien
  • Invincible Louisa by Cornelia Meigs This one is recommended for young adults and adolescents but is probably loved by adults as well.

I have a hunch there are more, equally good resources available. I’m not yet confident of my online research skills to find them. Hopefully, you have come across some good books. If so, please share.

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8 Responses to Look What I Found: Books About Louisa May Alcott

  1. I haven’t read any of the books, but the PBS series/episode was fabulous!!

  2. Alayne says:

    Ooh how fun! Have you heard of The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott? I reviewed it recently and really enjoyed learning more about her, even though it is part fiction. Great finds!

  3. Well, I read the Harriet Reisen bio “Woman Behind…” recently and really enjoyed it. Confirmed some of my conjectures about her and gave me a lot of new things to think about. I thought it was well done and quite easy to read. I’m not doing the challenge or anythng, but I’m pretty sure the book jumped off the library shelf for me because I’d read your posts about it. And, of course, as I may have already commented, I was a huge LMA fan as a girl — oh so long ago –. I love that she is becoming so popular again. .

  4. kaye says:

    thanks for the info 🙂

  5. Bumbles says:

    I watched that documentary – lots of re-enactment that I’m not personally overly fond of – it always seems so cheesy to me. But the information mirrored pretty much all of the facts that we were given during our visit to Orchard House. And the book and doc. were being promoted by Orchard House, so I would assume they are factually accurate. Since you are not able to see Orchard House in person, the book or documentary would probably be the next best thing for informing yourself. Their website was pretty nice too when I researched it for my post on UpTake about our visit to Orchard House.

  6. LOL- I don’t think I have enough passion for LMA to go through all of those!

  7. Those do look interesting…I missed the Alcott show on PBS and have been trying to get my hands on the DVD…one of these days my library will get it for sure!!

  8. Beth F says:

    I have some of those and others are new to me. I too missed the PBS show but will look for a copy somewhere.

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