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Books for Children about Louisa May Alcott


Invincible Louisa



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This Newbery Award-winning biography by Cornelia Meigs is excellent for young adults and adolescents.



Hachette Book Group
Paperback.     $9.00
ISBN 0-316-56594-6

Louisa:  The Life of Louisa May Alcott

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From pillow fights and strawberry parties with her sisters, through nursing soldiers in the Civil War and her later writing successes, this picture book biography for young readers by Yona Zeldis McDonough captures the life of a compassionate and talented woman.  Recommended for ages 8 - 12.

Henry Holt & Co.
Paperback.     $7.99.
Illustrated by Bethanne Anderson.
ISBN 978-0-8050-8192-3



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Books for Children about 19th-Century America


Perspectives on History Series



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Easily understandable primary source documents provide contemporary insight into various issues of the 19th Century



The New England Transcendentalists:  Life of the Mind and of the Spirit

Edited by Ellen Hansen.
Paperback.     $7.95

ISBN 1-878668-22-6


Women in the Civil War:  Warriors Patriots, Nurses, and Spies

Edited by Phyllis Raybin Emert.
Paperback.     $7.95

ISBN 1-878668-45-5




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Publications by Orchard House

"The Concord School of Philosophy" Booklet

A concise and useful overview of the eminent men and women involved in one of the most successful adult education centers that first began in the Study of Orchard House in 1879.

"The Poetry of Louisa May Alcott" Booklet      $6.99

A collection of poetic gems from childhood through late in life, many of which have never before been available to the modern reading public.


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Books for Adults by Louisa May Alcott


The Journals of Louisa May Alcott




Select entries from Louisa May Alcott's extensive journals provide a fascinating in-depth look at the thoughts of a remarkable woman.


"It's a credit to Louisa May Alcott's timeless storytelling abilities that her thoughts on women's suffrage, slavery, and even berry picking are nevertheless illuminating."

~The New York Times Book Review

University of Georgia Press
Edited by Joel Myerson and Daniel Shealy;
Associate Editor and Introduction by Madeleine Stern.

Paperback.      $34.95
ISBN 0-8203-1950-3


The Selected Letters of Louisa May Alcott




Choice correspondence by Louisa May Alcott with detailed annotations.


University of Georgia Press

Edited by Joel Myerson, Daniel Shealy, and Madeleine Stern.
Paperback.     $32.95
ISBN 0-8203-1740-3


L. M. Alcott:  Signature of Reform




Inspired by the Orchard House Summer Conversational Series of 2000 and 2001, this collection of reform-minded writings is paried with Louisa May Alcott's own letters, journals, and to provide rare insight into the influences on 19th Century intellectuals who attempted to change the world for the better.

University Press of New England

Edited and with an Introduction by Madeleine Stern.
Paperback.     $18.95

ISBN 1-55553-517



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Books for Adults about Louisa May Alcott and Her Family

Louisa May Alcott:  A Biography





An indispensible biography of the author of Little Women by Madeleine Stern.  Recommended by Orchard House Staff.

University Press of New England
Paperback.      $35.00

ISBN 1555534171

Eden’s Outcasts:  The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father

Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Biography!


“John Matteson's engrossing biography of the Alcotts achieves a rare fusion of intellectual precision and emotional empathy. Eden's Outcasts combines the eye of a philosopher with the heart of a novelist. A deftly rendered and highly recommended portrait of an incomparable father and daughter.”

~Madeleine B. Stern

W. W. Norton & Company

Paperback.      $19.95
ISBN 978-0-393-33359-6

Louisa May Alcott:  Her Life, Letters, and Journals



Originally published just a year after Louisa May Alcott’s death at the age of 55, this biography incorporates personal letters and journal entries from Alcott, along with commentary from Cheney -- a close family friend -- to paint a picture of Alcott’s “true and frank nature,” exemplify the many ways she “faithfully and fully performed whatever duties circumstances laid upon her,” and reveal how she infused her timeless and much-loved classics with many of her own life experiences.


    Applewood Books
    Edited by Ednah Dow Cheney
    Paperback.  Illustrated.     $19.95
      ISBN 978-1-4290-4460-8

Louisa May Alcott:  The Woman Behind Little Women



Companion to the Documentary written by Harriet Reisen.


“Brilliantly researched and brings to light significant new information on the author of Little Women.  Beautifully and sympathetically written ... will occupy an essential place on any Alcott bookshelf.”

  ~John Matteson,
Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Eden’s Outcasts

   Paperback.     $18.00

    ISBN 978-0-312-65887-8


Also see the Audiobook and DVD on our Media page



Louisa May Alcott:  Quilts of Her Life, Her Works, Her Heart


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The heart of Terry Clothier Thomapson's book is a quilt inspired by Louisa May Alcott with nine cameo blocks that tell the story of Louisa and her family's life in New England.  Also included are six pieced blocks from the Civil War era that can be used to make soldiers' quilts, and an appliqued quilt called Concord, Mass.


    Kansas City Star Books
    Paperback.     $14.95

      ISBN 978-1-933466-53-8

Little Women Abroad:
The Alcott Sisters’ Letters from Europe, 1870-1871


Words and pictures offer new insights into a celebrated American family  through a generous selection of May Alcott's drawings -- many of which have never been previously published -- and more than 50 of the sisters' letters appearing in their entirety, this work tells the vibrant story of two important American artists -- one literary, the other visual.


  University of Georgia Press
  Edited by Daniel Shealy.
  Hardcover, with 79 illustrations.     $36.95

   ISBN 0-8203-3009-9


Alcott:  In Her Own Time



A neat compendium of Louisa May Alcott’s life as told through a series of recollections, interviews, and memoirs by family, friends, and associates.  These stories provide intimate glimpses into the life of the Alcotts that lead readers to the conclusion that the family was just as happy, fun, and entertaining as their fictional March family countereparts.

University of Chicago Press
Edited by Daniel Shealy.
Paperback.     $28.00

ISBN 0-8-7745-938X


Record of a School


Facsimile transcription of the detailed 1835 account of proceedings at Bronson Alcott’s Temple School in Boston.  Includes actual dialogue between teacher and pupils, as well as illustrations of the unique classroom and daily schedule.  This insight on teaching still holds relevance for any educator today!

Applewood Books

Recorded by Elizabeth Palmer Peabody;
Introduction by Peabody biographer Megan Marshall
Paperback.      $15.95

ISBN 1-55709-959-6



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Books for Adults about Concord


A Journey into the Transcendentalists' New England





R. Todd Felton Charts the development of a movement that revolutionized American ideas about the artistic, spiritual, and natural worlds, and creates a vivid sense of New England in the 19th Century by focusing on a place famous for its relationship to one or more of the Transcendentalists -- including, of course, Concord and the Alcotts!

Independent Publishers Group
93 color and 56 B&W images, 7 maps. $19.95
ISBN 097667064X

Concord:  Its Poets and Its Places



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The exceptional beauty and legacy of Concord is revealed through photographs of historic sites and natural settings along with selected writings by Alcott, Emerson, Alcott, Hawthorne, and Thoreau.

Rodger Nordblum
Photographs by Rodger & Mary Nordblum.
Paperback.      $19.95

ISBN 09652175-0-7

Revolutionary Boston, Lexington, and Concord



A visitor guide to sites of importance in the Revolutionary War period by Joel L. Andres Jr. and other contributors.



Commonwealth Editions
Paperback.     $14.95
ISBN 889833-22-3


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