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November 6, 2012:

My Heart is Boundless: Writings of Abigail May Alcott, Louisa's Mother, Eve LaPlante.

"Edited by award-winning biographer Eve LaPlante, a collection of the letters and diaries of Louisa May Alcott’s mother, Abigail—a forward-thinking feminist whose advice and example profoundly shaped her famous daughter

Little Women's "Marmee" is one of the most recognizable mothers in American literature. But the real woman behind the fiction-Louisa May Alcott's own mother, Abigail-has for more than a century remained shrouded in mystery. Scholars believed that her papers were burned by her daughter and husband, as they claimed, and that little additional information survived.

Until now. When Abigail's biographer and great-niece Eve LaPlante found a collection of letters and diaries in an attic trunk and began exploring the Alcott family archives, a window opened onto the life of this woman who has for too long been hiding in plain sight. These discoveries, and others, inform LaPlante's groundbreaking new dual biography, Marmee & Louisa, a companion volume to My Heart Is Boundless. No self-effacing housewife, Abigail was a passionate writer and thinker, a feminist far ahead of her time. She taught her daughters the importance of supporting themselves and dreamed of a day when a woman, like a man, could enjoy both a family and a career.

Here at last, in her own words, is this extraordinary woman's story, brought to the public for the first time. Full of wit, charm, and astonishing wisdom, Abigail's private writings offer a moving, intimate portrait of a mother, a wife, a sister, and a fierce intellect that demands to be heard."

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drinkingcocoa
Sep. 17th, 2012 08:03 pm (UTC)
Marmee lives! Mostly what I know of her is that she had to put up with that idiotic Pythagorean diet when her teeth were too bad to handle raw apples, and she had to balance the family budget when Bronson came back from a speaking tour having given away his earnings to a stranger in need. So this'll be awesome.
oracne
Sep. 17th, 2012 08:24 pm (UTC)
I remember you telling me about that...idealism sometimes isn't nearly all it ought to be.
al_zorra
Sep. 17th, 2012 08:27 pm (UTC)
This is news of the most interesting kind.

Love, C.
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