Monday, November 9, 2009

Books by Theme: (Inspired by) Louisa May Alcott

American bloomsbury by Susan Cheever book coverAmerican Bloomsbury
by Susan Cheever

Offers a revealing look at the tumultuous, often scandalous lives of five of the greatest authors in nineteenth-century American literature.

Behind a Mask: The Unknown Thrillers Of Louisa May Alcott
by Louisa May Alcott

Introduces four stories by Louisa May Alcott about betrayal, seduction, and murder and includes "Behind a Mask," "Pauline's Passion and Punishment," "The Mysterious Key and What it Opened," and "The Abbot's Ghost."

Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father
by John Matteson

Examines Louisa May Alcott's turbulent relationship with her father, Bronson, and explores how that relationship influenced Alcott's writings and beliefs.

The Glory Cloak: A Novel of Louisa May Alcott and Clara Barton
by Patricia O'Brien

Presents an historical fiction about the relationship between Louisa May Alcott and Clara Barton and relates how the two women meet and work together in the Union hospital in Washington DC and their friendship amidst the horrors of the Civil War.

Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women
by Harriet Reisen

Chronicles the life of Louisa May Alcott, discussing her childhood, the impact her father's self-indulgent utopian plans had on her life, the family's financial troubles and frequent moves, her schooling, her years as a nurse during the Civil War, her writing achievements, the health problems that plagued her, and other related topics.


Mary (Bookfan) said...

The Harriet Reisen book is on my must read list - haven't read it yet but I've seen good reviews!

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

I have a fondness for all things related to Louisa May Alcott.

This is a nice list you've compiled.

L said...

These look great. I'm a big fan of this author, even visited her childhood home in Concord. They had just recently discovered drawings on the walls in one of the bedrooms of the profiles of several of her sisters. It was really cool!

JaneGS said...

The Glory Cloak looks intriguing--I know that Florence Nightingale had a big impact on Elizabeth Gaskell--they had mutual friends and met occasionally, and Nightingale's single-minded dedication to her work caused Gaskell much soul-searching. I wonder about how affected whom most in the Alcott/Barton relationship.

Bleuette said...

They look good, nice list.

Laura's Reviews said...

Great list! I love LMA, but haven't read anything by her or about her lately. I'll have to put these books on my TBR list!

Greg Zimmerman said...

I love your blog - I'm a new reader and looking forward to following your writings. It's hard to find good literary blogs - too many fantasy, romance and YA out there! ;)


Anonymous said...

Great list. I def. want to read the Harriet Riesen book. Nice concept.

Ana S. said...

Confession: I've yet to read Little Women *hides* BUT I plan to get to it before the end of the year, and then I'll be able to explore these :P

Cath said...

Oh, now I have my Christmas list in hand! Thanks for these recommendations!

-Connie @ Constance Reader

Veens said...

Can u believe it< i Have not read Little Women! I have not read ANY classics for that matter.. **SIGH**!

I have not even heard of the books you mention... but i am sure all of them are good!

Lisa said...

I adore Louisa May Alcott--and now I have new books to add to my tbr list about/by her!

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