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Welcome to the Louisa May Alcott Society!

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. 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 " Helpful Links ." For information about the Society, please contact Society President Gregory Eiselein at eiselei@ksu.edu .   

Join Us! Virtual Alcott Sessions/ALA Panels on May 24

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On Monday, May 24, 2021, the Louisa May Alcott Society will be hosting a pair of scholarly panels via Zoom: Alcott and Adaptation Mon, May 24, 2:00-3:20 pm (Eastern) https://tinyurl.com/AlcottALA1      Teaching Alcott: Alcott in Proximity to Other American Realists, Regionalists, Romantics  Mon, May 24, 3:40-5:00 pm (Eastern) https://tinyurl.com/AlcottALA2      These two sessions will be recorded and included in the digital portion of the  2021 American Literature Association Conference , scheduled for July 7-11.    At these sessions, you’ll have a chance to hear short presentations from a range of Alcott scholars and then to ask questions about and join the conversations about these presentations. It will be a unique opportunity to learn more about Alcott from some impressive scholars, just as I know our presenters would value your questions, feedback, and responses to their work.   ***   The Program   Alcott and Adaptation   Chair: Mark Gallagher, University of California, Los Angele

Alcott's Hidden Critics: The Secret Reviews of Little Women

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Lorraine Tosiello and Susan Bailey are seeking help on a project to uncover and preserve readers' responses to Little Women . It is called "Alcott's Hidden Critics: The Secret Reviews of Little Women ." The first wave of reader response was lost since Louisa May Alcott destroyed her fan mail. In an effort to preserve the ongoing legacy of reader responses, they want to send out a call for fans to examine their own letters and journals, school projects, fan fiction, etc., as well as from family and friends, for mentions of Little Women . We'd like to archive the findings on our LMA Society's website, so that anyone can access it for future research or just for fun. Additionally, this project's more formal research component would search diaries of young women for mention of Little Women that are archived in historical societies and universities. They seek your help on three fronts: to join the effort to ransack attics and basements for documents with menti