And now a word from our sponsors

From Louise to Louisa! Here’s a piece I wrote for Double X today:

Little Women, Big Sacrifices: Louisa May Alcott’s life of concession and depression.”

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“I will do something by and by,” Louisa May Alcott wrote as an adult in the voice of her youthful self. “I’ll be rich and famous and happy before I die, see if I won’t.”

Alcott would indeed become rich and famous in her lifetime for writing Little Women. In the 141 years since its first publication, the beloved young-adult novel has never been out of print, and has inspired plays, films, TV series, an opera, a Broadway musical, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Next up: the literary remix Little Women and Werewolves, by the publisher of the bestselling Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Now, with Alcott herself on the verge of a period of cultural ubiquity almost equal to her most famous novel, we can get better insight into whether she ever achieved that last goal: to be happy.

Spoiler alert: probably not, but it’s complicated.

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2 responses to “And now a word from our sponsors

  1. Hi Ruth! It is good to see you back at church even though I haven’t been able to talk to you. Daniel gave me your blog name since googling Ruth Graham is hopeless, so I intend to read about your trip. I’m glad you didn’t lose your laptop forever. Whew!

  2. P.S. I love the quilt-y icons that appear with the comments!

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