Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women: A 150th Anniversary Celebration

“Hurrah for Miss March, the celebrated American authoress!”

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Little Women (1868-1869), this collaborative website will explore and celebrate Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel. Each week from July 2018 through June 2019, our blog, which we are calling “Little Women 150”, will profile a new chapter of the novel in consecutive order from start to finish.

The authors of these weekly blog posts will be different each week, but each will be someone with an expertise, and a passion, and a distinctive perspective on Little Women. We have brought together an impressive group of scholars, fans, students, teachers and academics, librarians, editors, authors, and celebrities – all of whom will bring lively new insight to a novel that remains intensely loved even 150 years after its initial release.

The posts will reveal the significance of each chapter, but they will do so from various, individual perspectives that reflect the personalities, outlooks, and backgrounds of each author. Some entries will focus on the latent meanings or Alcott’s often surprising ideas, while others will detail the historical or cultural importance of the chapter and others its influence or legacy. All of them will be an opportunity to experience Alcott’s masterpiece with fresh eyes and to re-live its energy, sadness and joy, and liveliness in new ways.

Please join us on this journey through Little Women. You can stay in touch with us by clicking the “Follow” button below, and you can also follow us on Twitter @LittleWomen150 or on Facebook.

Stay tuned for a new post later this month, and have a happy Fourth of July!

Also, for information about other Little Women Sesquicentennial Celebrations that are being staged around the country and world, visit the site hosted by our friends at Orchard House, littlewomen150.org.

– Greg Eiselein and Anne Phillips


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