Show Notes: Marmee & Louisa with Eve LaPlante

Following are some items that were mentioned during the 13 December 2012 Fieldstone Common interview with Eve LaPlante, author of Marmee & Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother.

The podcast of the interview is now available.

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The companion book for Marmee & Louisa is called My Heart is Boundless which includes original, previously unpublished writings on Abigail May Alcott.

You can learn more about Eve LaPlante from her web page.

Watch a 3-minute video about Marmee & Louisa. 

Following are specific notes from the discussion:

Fruitlands is the location of the utopian community started by Bronson Alcott. It is open all years for visitors but has limited hours during the winter so be sure to check the Fruitlands website before making a visit.

Orchard House is the Alcott home in Concord, Massachusetts where Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women, the story which made her the most successful author of the 19th century.
You can learn more about Louisa May Alcott from the following Sources:

The Louisa May Alcott is My Passion blog

The Louisa May Alcott Society

The 24th annual American Literature Association Annual Conference will be held May 23-26, 2013 at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts. The even will feature sessions on Louisa May Alcott.

Free Press, a division of Simon and Schuster, the publisher of Marmee & Louisa and My Heart is Boundless, donated two copies of the Marmee & Louisa that were given as a “door prizes” during the live show. One copy went to a listener in Pennsylvania and the other to a listener in Arizona. A big thank you to the Free Press for  their generosity!

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Megan donated two copies of her book, Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing which were won by Fieldstone Common listeners in Pennsylvania and Arizona.  Thank you Megan for your generous donation!

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Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis

Marmee & Louisa with Eve LaPlante Now Archived as a Podcast

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The most recent episode of Fieldstone Common featuring Eve LaPlante author of the book Marmee & Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother is now available as a podcast.

The podcast can be played through the computer using your default media player (click play below) or downloaded to iTunes (also below).

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Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis

Marmee & Louisa with Eve LaPlante

LIVE: THURSDAY, 13 December 2012 at 1:00pm EST

This week on Fieldstone Common host Marian Pierre-Louis talks to Eve LaPlante, author of Marmee & Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother.

Louisa May Alcott was one of the most successful and bestselling authors of her day, earning more than any of her male contemporaries. Her classic Little Women has been a mainstay of American literature since its release nearly 150 years ago, as Jo March and her calm, beloved “Marmee” have shaped and inspired generations of young women. Biographers have consistently attributed Louisa’s uncommon success to her father, Bronson Alcott, assuming that this outspoken idealist was the source of his daughter’s progressive thinking and remarkable independence.

But in this riveting dual biography, award-winning biographer Eve LaPlante explodes these myths, drawing from a trove of surprising new documents to show that it was Louisa’s actual “Marmee,” Abigail May Alcott, who formed the intellectual and emotional center of her world. Abigail, whose difficult life both inspired and served as a warning to her devoted daughters, pushed Louisa to excel at writing and to chase her unconventional dreams in a male-dominated world.

 In this groundbreaking work, LaPlante paints an exquisitely moving and utterly convincing portrait of a woman decades ahead of her time, and the fiercely independent daughter whose life was deeply entwined with her mother’s dreams of freedom. This gorgeously written story of two extraordinary women is guaranteed to transform our view of one of America’s most beloved authors.

Eve LaPlante, author of Marmee & Louisa

Eve LaPlante is a great niece and a first cousin of Abigail and Louisa May Alcott. She is the author of Seized, American Jezebel, and Salem Witch Judge, the winner of the 2008 Massachusetts Book Award for Nonfiction. She is also the editor of a collection of Abigail May Alcott’s private papers. She lives with her family in New England.

Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis