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Welcome to the Louisa May Alcott Society!

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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  eiselei@ksu.edu .    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 . 

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. 

Celebrating LMA 2022: Nov 27, 3pm

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To watch a recording of the 2022 Celebrating Louisa May Alcott event, please click here  . --- Join us for a very special online celebration of the birthday and career of Louisa May Alcott! Celebrating Louisa May Alcott Sunday, November 27, 2022 3:00 p.m. Eastern, 2:00 Central, 1:00 Mountain, 12:00n Pacific Via Zoom at   https://tinyurl.com/LMA2022   This year’s event will feature talks from our very special guests, Julia Dabbs, the author of   May Alcott Nieriker, Author and Advocate , and Samantha Seiple, the author   Louisa on the Front Lines . There will also be lively discussion, socializing, and reconnecting.     Please see the flyer for the event below, which you may share want to share on social media or related listservs or with anyone who might want to join us! It should be a fun event.

Call for Papers: Alcott at American Literature Association [Proposals due Jan 15, 2023]

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The Louisa May Alcott Society is sponsoring two panels at the 34th Annual Conference of the American Literature Association, to be held May 25-28, 2023, at The Westin Copley Place, 10 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116.   Session 1: Working for 150 Years: An Anniversary Panel on Alcott’s   Work   2023 marks one hundred fifty years since the release of Louisa May Alcott’s   Work: A Story of Experience.   Published by Roberts Brothers in 1873, Alcott’s novel depicting Christie Devon’s exploration of independence, labor, love, and community over the course of her adult life has long resonated with readers as one of Alcott’s most honest and complex narratives. Despite the novel’s esteem among scholars and Alcott aficionados, it has remained in the shadows of Alcott’s better-known children’s literature like   Little Women.   This panel brings   Work   into the spotlight, considering its role in Alcott’s career, the development of critical Alcott studies, and the portrayal of nineteenth-cen