Louisa May Alcott is My Passion Podcast

Love Louisa May Alcott, author of "Little Women"? Come join host Susan Bailey of the popular "Louisa May Alcott is My Passion" blog for this lively and informative 30-minute podcast, with a new episode each month. Hear from experts and scholars, fans and even Louisa herself! Audience feedback encouraged--let's talk about Louisa--engaging and fun conversation among Alcott friends.
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Jul 28, 2016

"It's amazing how lovely common things become, if one only knows how to look at them." (from "Marjorie's Three Gifts," 1877)

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Welcome to the second episode of Louisa May Alcott is My Passion: The Podcast!

During the next thirty-six minutes I will give you an overview of the recent Summer Conversational Series, "'Finding Beauty in the Humblest Things' -- Louisa May Alcott's Literary Vision" which took place July 10-14 at Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House. You'll get to hear from many of the speakers and hear a summary of their presentations. Here on the show notes I have links to my notes so that you can get all the details.  

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These here are just abbreviated show notes. Visit the blog post while you listen for the complete text and photos.



Cathlin Davis, PhD “Bringing Beauty to the World: Youthful Reformers in Louisa May Alcott’s Juvenile Fiction”

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Elise Hooper: “Extraordinary Beauty in an Ordinary World: May Alcott and Women’s Painting during the 19th Century”

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Anne-Laure François “A Lesson in the True Necessities and Means of Life: Louisa’s Children as Wise Seers of the Sublime in Everyday Life”

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Kristi Lynn Martin “The Sacred Domestic, Memorialization, and Literary Imagination in the Alcott Sisters’ Sphere”

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A visit from Louisa May Alcott!

Gabrielle Donnelly “Castles in the Air Versus Two Inches of Ivory: A Comparison of Louisa May Alcott’s Sisters with Jane Austen’s Bennets.”

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John Matteson “Five at Fredericksburg: Revising What We Know about The Battle that Transformed American Culture.”

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Part two of Dr. Matteson’s presentation was an encore of the presentation he made last May at the Concord Inn which you can read about in my blog post, “Finding the ‘prince of patients’—John Matteson discovers the whereabouts of John Suhre from Hospital Sketches”

Closing thoughts

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Jun 14, 2016

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Work: A Story of Experience, from Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message by Susan Bailey, pgs. 88-89

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The Louisa May Alcott Summer Reading Challenge at "In the Bookcase"
Goodreads discussion group


"Walpole's Louisa May Alcott,"
sponsored by the Walpole, NH Historical Society

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The Summer Conversational Series at Orchard House  


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with Lis Adams, Education Director of Orchard House
on the Summer Conversational Series.

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And some words from the old girl herself!

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as portrayed by Jan Turnquist.

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