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.”


“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.


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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