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 . 

Sarah Elbert Travel Grants for 2024

The Alcott Society is offering up to three travel grants of $400 each to support students and non-tenure-track members of the Society to attend present on Alcott at an academic conference in the 2024 calendar year.  These grants, supported financially by the Alcott 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. Applying is easy. Please just send the abstract for your paper, information about its acceptance and conference venue, and a one-page vita to Gregory Eiselein at . We encourage students and NTT members of the Society to see these travel grants as a possible source for financial support for sharing their Alcott research with a larger audience.

Call for Papers: American Literature Association Conference (May 23-26, 2024)

The Louisa May Alcott Society is sponsoring three panels for the 35th Annual Conference of the American Literature Association, to be held May 23-26, 2024, at The Palmer House Hilton, 17 East Monroe, Chicago, IL 60603. Session 1: Democracy and Gender in Alcott and Whitman This session aims to pull together critical reflections on Walt Whitman’s and Louisa May Alcott’s thinking about democracy. We are especially interested in comparative papers that explore the role of gender in theories of democracy—for instance, the ways Whitman links democracy to “manly love” in the Calamus cluster or the ways Alcott imagines a more inclusive society in terms of “a loving league of sisters” in Work . We also welcome proposals that consider examinations of Whitman’s and Alcott ideas about democracy in relation to race, queer and trans identities, and contemporary political thought and media. This session is co-sponsored by the Whitman Studies Association and the Louisa May Alcott Society. One-page pr

Celebrating Louisa May Alcott

To watch a video recording of the 2023  Celebrating Louisa May Alcott event, please click here . --- The Alcott Society is delighted to announce its Annual  Celebrating Louisa May Alcott birthday celebration, scheduled this year for Nov 26: Celebrating Louisa May Alcott Sunday, November 26, 2023 3:00 p.m. Eastern, 2:00 Central, 1:00 Mountain, Noon Pacific Via Zoom at   This year’s event will feature a very special guest, Peyton Thomas, the Toronto-based journalist and author and host of the Jo’s Boys podcast. The event will include cutting-edge insights on Alcott as well as lively discussion, socializing, and reconnecting.  See you on the 26th!