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Louisa May Alcott  (November 29, 1832 – March 6, 1888)
Bronson Alcott November 29, 1799—March 4, 1888)


Louisa May Alcott

  • A Concord Chronology
  • Reading and Discussion questions on Work: A Story of Experience
  • Louisa May Alcott: Bibliography of Secondary Sources

  • Edna Dow Cheney's Louisa May Alcott: Her Life, Letters, and Journals (1889) at Google Books. At Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/38049/38049-h/38049-h.htm.
  • What did Alcott read? (from above): "Never a student, but a great reader. R. W. E. gave me Goethe's works at fifteen, and they have been my delight ever since. My library consists of Goethe, Emerson, Shakespeare, Carlyle, Margaret Fuller, and George Sand. George Eliot I don't care for, nor any of the modern poets but Whittier; the old ones–Herbert, Crashaw, Keats, Coleridge, Dante, and a few others–I like."
  • Biographical sketch by Cynthia Butos at the Heath Anthology site.
  • Biographical Sketch from Deborah Durbin at the University of Virginia
  • The Alcotts  From PBS's I Hear America Singing site.
  • Orchard House.  Includes a color picture of the Alcotts' house and information about tours.
  • Links to Alcott sites.  This page at Kim Wells's Domestic Goddesses website includes annotations and pictures as well as links.
  • A teacher resource file on Louisa May Alcott from James Madison University.
  • Links to teaching resources at WebEnglishTeacher
  • Recollections of Louisa May Alcott, John Greenleaf Whittier, and Robert Browning includes engravings of Orchard House, Louisa May Alcott's cottage at Nonquitt, and her town house at 10 Louisburg Square, Boston as well as the satiric "A Wail Uttered in the Woman's Club" (p. 24)
  • From James Russell Lowell's A Fable for Critics (1848):
    "While he talks he is great, but goes out like a taper
    If you shut him up closely with pen, ink, and paper."
  • Works Available Online 

    Bronson Alcott

    Ralph Waldo Emerson: An Estimate of his Character and Genius: in Prose and Verse
    Rebecca Harding Davis's memories of meeting Hawthorne, Bronson Alcott, and Louisa May Alcott from her 1904 memoir Bits of Gossip. From the Legacy 19th-century American women writers site.
    Sonnets and Canzonets (1882; HTML and SGML at Michigan; note--this link doesn't work since Michigan has changed its site again),
    Record of Mr. Alcott's School, Exemplifying the Principles and Methods of Moral Culture (3rd ed., revised; 1874) by Elizabeth Peabody. Page images at the Making of America site.

    Louisa May Alcott \

    Eight Cousins (HTML at Bibliomania)
    Little Men (HTML at Celebration of Women Writers)

     "Aslauga's Knight" by Friedrich de La Motte Fouque (mentioned in Jo's Boys)
    The Mysterious Key, and What it Opened (HTML at Celebration of Women Writers)
     Rose in Bloom (HTML at Celebration of Women Writers)
    Behind a Mask: or, A Woman's Power. Full text at the University of Virginia.
    "The Brothers." Atlantic Monthly (November 1863)
    "Debby's Debut." Atlantic Monthly (August 1863)
    "A Modern Cinderella" (1860)
    Flower Fables (1854)
    Hospital Sketches.  The complete text from A Celebration of Woman Writers.
    Little Women (1868-9) Hypermedia edition at the University of Virginia's Crossroads site (1995). "Love and Self-Love." Atlantic Monthly (March 1869)
    The Mysterious Key, and What it Opened  (from A Celebration of Woman Writers)
    "Perilous Play"
    "Scarlet Stockings" from the University of Virginia's E-text Center
    Links to poems
    An Old-Fashioned Girl (1870) at the Celebration of Women Writers page.
    "An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving" from  Eldritch Press.

    Alcott Collection at the Clifton Waller Barrett Library. 

    Comments to D. Campbell.