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Little Men, Jo's Boys, and Eight Cousins - shades of my childhood! Loved, loved, loved all three of them. Much more than Little Women!

Mary Ronan Drew

Like you, Jenclair, I liked Eight Cousins more even than the March family stories. I remenber particularly being amused by the plug for reform in women's fashions -- get rid of the corset!



Mary, you make me want to pick up "Little Women" again after many years.
Have you read "March" by Geraldine Brooks?

Mary Ronan Drew

March? Geraldine Brooks? Excuse me a moment...

Wow! Starred review at PW. How did I miss that book? I wasn't subscribing to PW for a while and it must have slipped through.

Thank you so much for mentioning it, Karen. I've requested it at the library.



Fifteen years ago I read "Little Women" to my oldest three children (now ages 21-25). Last Thursday I started reading it again--this time to my set currently ages 5 to 13. I like it a lot, even though her subtly visible Unitarianism makes me a little sad.

Mary Ronan Drew

Some of those trancendentalists made Unitarians such as Louisa May look like fundamentalists, DGus.



I have A Whisper in the Dark Twelve Thrilling Tales by LMA purchased in Barnes & Noble a few years back. Also A Double Life which has her thriller stories in - both over the top both wonderful


Speaking of Louisa May Alcott, I just read a book of hers titled 'The Inheritance" which is apparently her first novel that was lost until the 1990s and just released. It was very short, but good. I recommend. The book jacket describes it as the book that Jo wrote?
( I saw you at the Classic Challenge)


Eight Cousins and Rose In Bloom -- two volumes of the best child-rearing advice possible! I mean, Archie, Max, Charlie (how can you *not* cry over Charlie?)...

Mary Ronan Drew

I've requested The Inheritance, Whisper in the Dark, and A Double Life from the library. Also the Geraldine Brooks. Thanks for the recommendations, Elaine, raider, and Karen. Until those books arrive I'm reading Cornelia Meigs' Invincible Louisa.

Welcome raider. I looked at your blog and had a fine time with the book memes.

Jill, I've always had a special place in my heart for EC and RinB.

Has anybody read Jack and Jill and Under the Lilacs? I have not.



"I like it a lot, even though her subtly visible Unitarianism makes me a little sad.

Posted by: DGus | Tuesday, February 20, 2007 at 12:44 PM

Some of those trancendentalists made Unitarians such as Louisa May look like fundamentalists, DGus.


Posted by: Mary Ronan Drew"

I'd love for you both to elaborate on this subject. I don't know much about the two groups and how they differ.


Mary, I'm a devoted LM Alcott fan, so Nan pointed me in the direction of this topic on your blog. Eight Cousins is my favorite, but I read and re-read all of her children's novels. I found a lovely hardback collection of them many years ago. I also recently found a collection of her short stories that I am looking forward to reading. I enjoyed reading of your enthusiasm for her old-fashioned stories. It is an enthusiasm I share!


Nan: Wilhelm taught me that "a Unitarian is a person who believes that there is, at most, one God." But seriously, Unitarians deny the doctrine of the Trinity and therefore deny the deity of Jesus Christ, teaching instead that He was (merely) a great moral teacher and example (which of course He is, but not merely).

Unitarianism is a religion for smart people who respect the decency of our Christian tradition but who are used to feeling that they understand everything and who find the doctrine of the Trinity irrational and embarrassing. Technically, we would say that they affirm the heresies of Arianism and Pelagianism (which Wikipedia will probably describe adequately).

Unitarianism made progress in New England by LMA's day, and I think I recall that her family included one or more Unitarian ministers. It comes through in "Little Women" in subtle ways: Religious things (including Jesus Himself) are referred to by euphemism and circumlocution. Spiritual progress (defeating one's "bosom enemy") is the result of work rather than grace.

Or that's how it seems to me. --DGus


Hello, I've just discovered your lovely blog. My favourite book by LMA is An Old Fashioned Girl, which I know practically off by heart.


I wanted to thank DGus for taking the time to write. Most informative.

And Mary, I'm going to listen to Eight Cousins and Little Men, thanks to you!

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