In 1933 Cornelia Meigs gave us the classic Invincible Louisa and in 1967 Martha Saxton gave us Louisa May. Now in 2009 we have a wonderful new biography by Harriet Reisin, Louisa May Alcott : the Woman Behind Little Women.
Reisen's book presents an updated story of the celebrated author based on journals and letters. Alcott lived in an era when everyone wrote letters; the letters used in Reisen's research include those from Alcott's family, friends, fans, and publishers.
Click here for a selection of Alcott's fiction works for children or adults. Most could be considered autobiographical and provide insight into the explosive and dramatic pre and post Civil War times during which Alcott lived.
Eden's Outcasts : the Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father by John Matteson
American Transcendentalism : a History by Philip F. Gura
American Bloomsbury : Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau : Their Lives, Their Loves, Their Work by Susan Cheever
Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House