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
- 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.