By Daniel Shealy
By way of 1888, 20 years after the booklet of Little girls, Louisa might Alcott (1832-1888) was once some of the most renowned and profitable authors the US had but produced. In her pre-Little girls days, she concocted blood-and-thunder stories for low wages; post-Little girls, she really good in family novels and brief tales for kids. accrued the following for the 1st time are the recollections of people that knew her, the vast majority of that have now not been released considering their unique visual appeal within the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. the various revealed reminiscences during this ebook seemed after Alcott grew to become recognized and exhibit her as a literary lion, yet others specialise in her youngster years, whilst she was once residing the lifetime of Jo March; those intimate glimpses into the lifetime of the Alcott relations lead the reader to at least one end: the relatives was once chuffed, enjoyable, and wonderful, greatly just like the fictional Marches. The reminiscences approximately an older and wealthier Alcott express a sort and beneficiant, albeit outspoken, girl little replaced through her funds and standing. From Annie Sawyer Downs's description of existence in harmony to Anna Alcott Pratt's reminiscences of the Alcott sisters' performing days to Julian Hawthorne's neighborly portrait of the Alcotts, the thirty-six memories during this copiously illustrated quantity inform the personal and public tale of a extraordinary lifestyles.
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Emerson’s kindness to her and to her family and added that she brought the jonquils because they were the ancient Greek emblem not only of death, but of immortality. I had never associated them in that manner and questioned their right to so much of sentiment and antiquity, but she was as satisﬁed in her belief as if she had been able to adduce the reason which to my mind was totally lacking. Every newspaper reporter described the harp of yellow jonquils given by Miss Alcott and went out of his way to mention they were the ﬂowers of death and immortality.
They used tea, coffee, chocolate, good milk, cream, butter, eggs, fruit and the endless variety of breadstuffs in abundance with their well cooked and nicely seasoned vegetables. Meat was always served for visitors and boarders, who wished it, and cooked in excellent style too. Miss May Alcott was absent, teaching, while I boarded there, but for the beneﬁt of the vast army of home decorators, I will describe some ﬁre boards she made. She had a carpenter make a smooth board to ﬁt into the front of the ﬁreplace.
She moved with her family to Haverhill, Massachusetts, in 1852 and completed her education at Bradford Female Academy. After marrying S. M. Downs, a music teacher at Abbot Academy, she lived the rest of her life in Andover, Massachusetts, where she died in 1901. While her memories of Louisa May are few (she was closest to Elizabeth and especially May), her comments on Abigail and Bronson present us with one of the most honest reﬂections on how the town viewed the family. ” Therefore to those acquainted with the circumstances, it does not appear surprising that so many remarkable persons were attracted to Concord, Massachusetts, between 1830 and 1880.