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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 . 

Nominate an Article for the Society's Article Prize

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The Society invites nominations for the 2023 Louisa May Alcott Society’s Beverly Lyon Clark Article Prize.  For the inaugural prize to be awarded in May 2023, an article will be eligible for consideration if it appeared in print in a journal or edited collection with a 2022 date. If the date of publication is not 2022, but the work appeared in 2022, it would also be eligible. To nominate an article, please submit a PDF copy of the article via email to Gregory Eiselein at eiselei@ksu.edu . The Society invites members, publishers, journals, and editors to nominate articles, and it  very much encourages individuals to nominate their own work for consideration. The deadline for submission for the 2023 Article Prize is February 1, 2023 . The winner will be notified by March 15, 2023 and invited to attend the ALA Conference in May of 2023. Questions and inquiries can also be directed to to Gregory Eiselein at eiselei@ksu.edu .  Information about the Prize . The Louisa May Alcott Society’s Be

Presentation of Sarah Elbert Travel Grants

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At the 2022 American Literature Association Conference in Chicago, the Louisa May Alcott Society announced the winners of the 2022 Sarah Elbert Travel Grants.  Alcott Society Treasurer Sarah Wadsworth presented travel grant awards to Jaclyn Carver (PhD Student, University of Iowa), to share her research on Hospital Sketches , and to Max Laitman Chapnick (PhD Student, Boston University), to share information on the discovery of previously unattributed Alcott pieces from the 1850s.  Raffaella Cavalieri (Independent Scholar, Fiorentino, Italy) was also awarded an Elbert Travel Grant to present at the Where in the World is Louisa May Alcott Panel at the Thoreau Gathering in Concord in July. Sarah Elbert Travel Grants are 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 pride and en

Join the Alcott Society at ALA (Fri, May 27)

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Please join the Alcott Society at the annual ALA Conference this Friday, May 27th, 2022 , at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago. We are hosting two scholarly panels that day.  The Literary Nonfiction of Louisa May Alcott and Mark Twain (8:30-9:50am in Salon 5) Chair: Roberta Seelinger Trites, Illinois State University “‘Making Dirt Pies, and Chip Forts’: Nurse Periwinkle at the Capitol Mall,” Jaclyn Carver, University of Iowa “Literary Non-Fiction and Celebrity in the Civil War Era,” Gregory Eiselein, Kansas State University “Alcott & Twain Circus Stories: Nonfiction <-> Fiction,” David Carlyon, Independent Scholar Kiddie Lit, Sassy Sissies, Tattling Tomboys, and More: Honoring Beverly Lyon Clark (11:30am-12:50pm in Salon 5) Chair: Mary Lamb Shelden, Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist “‘Poor Lads’ and ‘Brave Little Girls’: Reading the Peripheral Child in Alcott’s Works for Children,” Krissie West, Centre for International Research in Childhood “New Alcott Pieces Found!”