Alcott’s Imaginary Heroes

Earlier in the year I posted about an Anthology coming out on the 150th Anniversary of the publication of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I have a short essay in this anthology, called “Finding the Palace Beautiful.” In the essay, I contrast Beth March the introvert, with Jo March the extrovert, and I discuss their complementary temperaments in the framework of Susan Cain’s recent book, Quiet.

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The publisher, Pink Umbrella Books, recently contacted me to explain that there will be a celebration at Orchard House, Louisa’s home itself, on September 30 2018, and a blog tour. For the blog tour, I will need to send them a picture of myself reading Little Women next to a local landmark.

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Fortunately I have the right book to be reading: pictured above lying on the bed next to our kitty, it is the edition I first read myself 40 years ago, and the same copy I later read to my daughter. It’s a little beat up, but still a detailed, worthy-looking volume with a history. I’m not sure what landmark to choose, though, here in Silicon Valley.

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I used to live in the Boston area and if I still did, I would be back to Orchard House for the celebration in a jiffy! My daughter toured it with her Girl Scout Troop years ago, and then our family did again with our Unitarian-Universalist church. The Alcotts were well-known Unitarians and a trip to Orchard House, along with trips to Walden Pond, the House of Seven Gables, and Mount Auburn Cemetery, was part of the coming-of-age education at our church there.

Either way, it’s fun to think about. I also reached out to the Mountain View Public Library about hosting another event and reading, which may happen later in the year.

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The book is called Alcott’s Imaginary Heroes. Look for it in September 2018! Now available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

 

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6 thoughts on “Alcott’s Imaginary Heroes”

  1. Hi Karen – well done on getting your article into the anthology – and it sounds a very interesting essay. While Winchester House sounds an amazing place … good luck with choices, living to 132 and practising viola for 10,000 hours!! Cheers Hilary

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  2. It seems that you would have a lot of landmark choices in the Bay Area… the Golden Gate Bridge certainly being one of them. Maybe the Winchester House is a little closer to you. Anyway, have fun with it! Btw, have you ever read March? It’s an interesting fictionalized account of Alcott’s father’s experiences when he went off to war. I really enjoyed the different perspective.

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    1. Hmm, the Winchester House *is* closer, and I’ve never actually done the tour. That’s an interesting idea! I was trying to think of something more Louisa-related than the Golden Gate bridge. I was also thinking of one of the Google statues, or the Ada Lovelace exhibit in the Computer Museum, to go with the feminist Victorian woman theme! I just need a gown 😉

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