Welcome to the Louisa May Alcott Society!

Formed in 2005, the Louisa May Alcott Society offers the opportunity for readers, fans, and scholars to study and appreciate the life and works of Louisa May Alcott. An American Literature Association-allied organization, the Alcott Society sponsors panels and other activities at its annual meetings. To join or to make a donation, just click  here . You can also follow us on Twitter at @AlcottSociety .  For more information about the Society, please contact Society President Gregory Eiselein at .    For information about other Alcott-focused entities, including Orchard House, the Concord museum and home of the Alcotts, the Facebook group dedicated to Alcott, and other resources, please visit our page of Alcott Studies Links . 

CFP: Legacy Forum on Work (1873)

  Legacy Forum In honor of the 150th anniversary of Louisa May Alcott’s novel  Work  (1873) we invite short essays (2,000 to 3,000 words) that reflect on the intersections of labor, precarity, and organizing in nineteenth-century American women’s writing for an upcoming forum in  Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers. Drafted and pitched as a semi-autobiographical novel in the early years of the 1860s, but not published until after Alcott’s blockbuster success with  Little Women  (1868),  Work  follows the protagonist through a range of jobs in which she gathers a community of laboring women, examining the gendered tolls of labor across class and racial lines. In our current moment of rising labor action in education and the arts, how can  Work  and related texts help us think through labor solidarity, especially in industries associated with gendered and intellectual work, as well as caregiving, reproduction, and other invisibilized forms of gendered labor? We invite close readi

Petrulionis Wins 2023 Beverly Lyon Clark Article Prize

The Louisa May Alcott Society’s Beverly Lyon Clark Article Prize recognizes scholarly excellence in Alcott studies, and it honors the memory of Professor Beverly Lyon Clark, whose scholarship has had an enormous impact on Alcott Studies. A committee composed of three members of the Louisa May Alcott Society appointed by the Society President chooses the winning article each year. This year’s winner was presented with a certificate and a small cash award at the 2023 American Literature Association Conference in Boston.  The committee would like to express its appreciation of all the work that was submitted for consideration. They felt that every essay offered worthwhile insights. It was difficult to narrow down our selection to just a single prize winner. While the description of the Beverly Lyon Clark Prize mentions only a winning article, they have chosen this year three essays for recognition.  The winner of the inaugural Beverly Lyon Clark Article Prize is Sandra H. Petrulionis for

Winners of the 2023 Sarah Elbert Travel Grants

It is with great pleasure that we announce the winners of the 2023 Sarah Elbert Travel Grants: Lauren Hehmeyer (Independent Scholar) to present “Women in Search of the Sublime: Louisa May Alcott and May Alcott Nieriker” at the Thoreau Gathering in July 2023. Jill Fuller (Independent Scholar) to present “‘A Better Plan of Child-Rearing’: An Exploration of Health and Wellness in Louisa May Alcott’s Eight Cousins ” at the Thoreau Gathering in July 2023. These grants, supported financially by the Society and its members and donors, are meant to encourage Alcott scholarship and to honor the career and memory of Sarah Elbert, a literary historian whose important research charted exciting new paths for Alcott scholarship. With enthusiasm, the Society congratulates the winners of this amazing cohort of grant recipients, and we look forward to their exciting contributions to Alcott scholarship.