Formed in 2005, the Louisa May Alcott Society offers the opportunity for both scholars and friends to study and appreciate the life and works of Louisa May Alcott. An American Literature Association-allied organization, the LMA Society sponsors panels and other activities at its annual meetings. To join, 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 email@example.com . 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 .
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It is with deep sadness and fond memories that we mourn the passing of Joel Myerson, who died on November 19, 2021. Joel was a giant in the field of American literary studies, and he played an indispensable role in the founding of the Louisa May Alcott Society, serving as the Society’s first President from its founding in 2005 to 2008. He authored or edited more than 60 books, including several volumes that have been essential to scholarship on Alcott, Emerson, Transcendentalism, Concord, and so much more. Just as his scholarship reshaped nineteenth-century literary studies, his mentorship and his always gracious support and personal kindness nurtured and advanced the careers of so many in the field. We offer our condolences to all of Joel’s family and friends, and we offer these personal tributes as our way of remembering him and his place in our lives. Remembering Joel Myerson When I first met Joel in 1977 at the annual gathering of the Modern Language Association in Chicago, he was
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The Louisa May Alcott Society is sponsoring two panels at the 33rd Annual Conference of the American Literature Association [ALA], to be held May 26-29, 2022, The Palmer House Hilton, 17 East Monroe, Chicago, IL 60603. Session 1: The Literary Nonfiction of Louisa May Alcott and Mark Twain Although Alcott and Twain are perhaps most famous for their later novels about young people, they each became famous in the 1860s for their hilarious but often dark nonfiction writings—Alcott’s Hospital Sketches (1863) and Twain’s The Innocents Abroad (1869)—and both continued writing nonfiction books and sketches throughout their careers. This panel aims to offer a critical reassessment of the significance of Alcott’s and Twain’s nonfiction work, within the context of nineteenth-century society and culture or in light of recent critical perspectives on literary nonfiction as a genre. Attention to major works (such as Twain’s Life on the Mississippi, Roughing It, and Innocents or Alcott’s Shawl Str