Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women
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Works by Louisa May Alcott

Many works by Alcott are available for free online:

Behind a Mask: The Unknown Thrillers of Louisa May Alcott. Edited by Madeleine B. Stern. New York: William Morrow, 1975.

Eight Cousins. Boston: Little, Brown, 1995.

From Aunt Jo’s Attic: Stories of Intrigue and Suspense. Edited by Madeleine B. Stern and Daniel Shealy. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1993.

Hospital Sketches. Boston: Applewood Books, 1986.

The Inheritance. Boston: Penguin, 1995.

Jack and Jill. Boston: Little, Brown, 1999.

The Journals of Louisa May Alcott. Edited by Joel Myerson and Daniel Shealy. Madeleine Stern, associate editor. Boston: Little, Brown, 1989.

L. M. Alcott: Signature of Reform. Edited by Madeleine Stern. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2002.

The Lost Stories of Louisa May Alcott. Edited by Madeleine Stern and Daniel Shealy. New York: Citadel Press, 1993.

Louisa May Alcott: An Intimate Anthology: New York Public Library collectors’ edition. New York: Doubleday, 1997.

Louisa May Alcott: Little Women, Little Men, and Jo’s Boys. Edited by Elaine Showalter. New York: Literary Classics of the United States, 2005.

Louisa May Alcott on Race, Sex, and Slavery. Edited with an introduction by Sarah Elbert. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1997.

Louisa May Alcott: Selected Fiction. Edited by Daniel Shealy, Madeleine Stern, and Joel Myerson. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2001.

Moods. Edited by Sarah Elbert. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1996.

An Old-Fashioned Girl. New York: Puffin Books, 1996.

The Poetry of Louisa May Alcott. Concord, MA: Louisa May Alcott Memorial Association, c. 1997.

Rose in Bloom. Boston: Little, Brown, 1995.

The Selected Letters of Louisa May Alcott. Edited by Joel Myerson and Daniel Shealy. Madeleine Stern, associate editor. Boston: Little, Brown, 1987.

The Sketches of Louisa May Alcott. Introduction by Gregory Eiselein. New York: Ironweed Press, 2001.

Transcendental Wild Oats and Excerpts from the Fruitlands Diary. Introduction by W. H. Harrison. Boston: Harvard Common Press, 1981.

A Whisper in the Dark: Twelve Thrilling Tales by Louisa May Alcott. Edited by Stefan Dziemianowicz. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996.

Work. A Story of Experience. New York: Penguin, 1994.


Alberghene, Janice M. and Beverly Lyon Clark. Little Women and the Feminist Imagination: Criticism, Controversy, Personal Essays. New York: Garland, 1999.

Anthony, Katharine. Louisa May Alcott. New York: Knopf, 1938.

Bedell, Marion. The Alcotts: Biography of a Family. New York: Clarkson N. Potter, 1980.

Brooks, Geraldine. March. Penguin, 2006.

Cheever, Susan. Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography. Simon & Schuster, 2010.

Cheney, Edna. Louisa May Alcott: Life, Letters and Journals. Boston: Little, Brown, 1928.

Clark, Beverly Lyon, ed. Louisa May Alcott: The Contemporary Reviews. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Elbert, Sarah. A Hunger for Home: Louisa May Alcott’s Place in American Culture. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1987.

Francis, Richard. Fruitlands: The Alcott Family and Their Search for Utopia. Yale University Press, 2010.

Lemire, Elise. Black Walden: Slavery and its Aftermath in Concord, Massachusetts. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009.

MacDonald, Ruth K. Louisa May Alcott. Boston: Twayne, 1983.

McNees, Kelly O’Connor. The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott. Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, 2010.

Matteson, John. Eden’s Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father. New York: Norton, 2007.

Reisen, Harriet. Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2009.

Saxton, Martha. Louisa May Alcott: A Modern Biography. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1995.

Shealy, Daniel, ed. Alcott in Her Own Time. Iowa City, IA: University Press, 2005.

Shealy, Daniel, ed. Little Women Abroad: The Alcott Sisters’ Letters from Europe, 1870-1871. University of Georgia Press, 2008.

Stern, Madeleine B. Louisa May Alcott: A Biography. Rev. ed. New York: Random House, 1996.

Stern, Madeleine B., ed. Critical Essays on Louisa May Alcott. Boston: Hall, 1984.

Stern, Madeleine B. Louisa May Alcott: From Blood and Thunder to Hearth and Home. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1998.

Worthington, Marjorie. Miss Alcott of Concord. New York: Doubleday, 1958.

BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS (Other than works by Alcott):

Alcott, Louisa May and Lynn Messina. Little Vampire Women. HarperTeen, 2010.
( Wall Street Journal blog post about Little Vampire Women:

Aller, Susan Bivin and Qi Wang. Beyond Little Women: A Story About Louisa May Alcott. Lerner Classroom, 2004.

Anderson, Gretchen. The Louisa May Alcott Cookbook. Boston: Little, Brown, 1985.

Chang, Ina. A Separate Battle: Women and The Civil War. New York: Lodestar, 1991.

Gormley, Beatrice and Meryl Henderson. Louisa May Alcott: Childhood of Famous Americans Series. Aladdin, 1999.

McDonough, Yona Zeldis. Louisa: The Life of Louisa May Alcott. Henry Holt and Company, 2009.

Meigs, Cornelia. Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women. Little, Brown, 1995.

Penner, Lucille Rech. Little Women Book: Games, Recipes, Crafts, and Other Homemade Pleasures. Random House, 1995.

Ruth, Amy Katheran. Louisa May Alcott. Lerner Publications, 1998.