Books by and about Louisa May Alcott




 Alcott, Louisa May. A Whisper in the Dark: Twelve Thrilling Tales by Louisa May Alcott. Ed. Stefan Dziemaianiowicz. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996.

---. Behind a Mask. Ed. Madeline Stern. New York: William Morrow, 1975.

---. Little Women. New York: Signet, 1983.

---. Selected Letters of Louisa May Alcott. Ed. Joel Myerson, Daniel Shealy, and Madeliene B. Stern. Athens: Georgia Press, 1995.

---. Transcendental Wild Oats and Excerpts from the Fruitlands Diary. Harvard: Harvard Common Press, 1975.

Bedell, Madelon. The Alcotts: Biography of a Family. New York: Clarkson N. Potter, 1980.

Buckley, Jerome Hamilton. The Victorian Temper: A Study in Literary Culture. New York: Vintage, 1951.

Carpenter, Lynette. "'Did They Never See Anyone Angry Before?': The Sexual Politics of Self-Control in Alcott's 'A Whisper in the Dark.'" Legacy 3 (1986): 31-41.

Davis, Tracy C. Actresses as Working Women: Their Social Identity in Victorian Culture. London: Routledge, 1991.

de Beauvoir, Simone. The Second Sex. Trans. H. M. Parshley. New York: Modern Library, 1968.

Douglas, Ann. Introduction. Little Women. By Louisa May Alcott. New York: Signet, 1983. vii-xxvii.

Elbert, Sarah. A Hunger for Home: Louisa May Alcott and Little Women. Philadelphia: Temple Press, 1984.

Elliott, Mary. "Outperforming Femininity: Public Conduct and Private Enterprise in Louisa May Alcott's Behind a Mask." American Transcendental Quarterly 8 (1994): 299-310.

Engle, Ron, and Tice L. Miller. The American Stage: Social and Economic Issues from the Colonial Period to the Present. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1993.

Fetterley, Judith. "Impersonating 'Little Women': the Radicalism of Alcott's Behind a Mask." Women's Studies 10 (1983): 1-14.

Foxwell, Elizabeth. "Lady and the Dark: Louisa May Alcott's Literary Double Life." Deadly Women: The Woman Mystery Reader's Indispensable Companion. Ed. Jane Grape and Dean James. New York: Carroll & Graf, 1998. 9-12.

Gaard, Greta. "'Self-Denial Was All the Fashion': Repressing Anger in Little Women." Papers on Language and Literature 27 (1991): 3-19.

Gilbert, Sandra M., and Susan Gubar. The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Imagination. New Haven: Yale U P, 1979.

Halttunen, Karen. "The Domestic Drama of Louisa May Alcott." Feminist Studies 10 (1984): 232-52.

Hanners, John. 'It was Play or Starve': Acting in the Nineteenth-Century American Popular Theater. Bowling Green: Bowling Green State U Popular P, 1993.

Hatcher, Donald L. Understanding "The Second Sex." New York: Peter Lang, 1984.

Hollander, Anne. "Portraying 'Little Women' Through the Ages. New York Times 15 Apr. 1994: II:1 +.

Hovet, Grace Ann, and Theodore R. Hovet. "Tableaux Vivants: Masculine Vision and Feminine Reflections in Novels by Warner, Alcott, Stowe and Wharton." American Transcendental Quarterly 7 (1993): 335-56.

Hughes, Glenn. A History of the American Theater: 1700-1950. New York: Samuel French, 1951.

Kalikoff, Beth. Murder and Moral Decay in Victorian Popular Literature. Ann Arbor: UMI Research P, 1986.

Kyler, Carolyn. "Alcott's 'Enigmas': Impersonation and Interpretation." American Transcendental Quarterly 7 (1993): 229-45.

Little Women. Dir. George Cukor. Perf. Katharine Hepburn, Paul Lukas, Jean Parker, Douglass Montgomery, Frances Dee. Videocassette. 1933.

---. Dir. Mervyn LeRoy. Perf. June Allyson, Margaret O'Brien, Janet Leigh, Peter Lawford, Elizabeth Taylor, Mary Astor. Videocassette. 1949.

---. Dir. Gillian Armstrong. Perf. Winona Ryder, Susan Sarandon, Gabriel Byrne, Eric Stolz, Kirsten Dunst, Trini Alvarado. Videocassette. 1994.

Litvak, Joseph. Caught in the Act: Theatricality in the Nineteenth-Century English Novel. Berkeley: U of California P, 1992.

Lodge, David, ed. Modern Criticism and Theory: A Reader. London: Longman, 1988.

Moi, Toril. Sexual/Textual Politics: Feminist Literary Theory. New York: Routledge, 1985.

Morahan, Shirley. A Woman's Place: Rhetoric and Readings for Composing Yourself and Your Prose. Albany: State U of New York P, 1981.

Myerson, Joel, and Daniel Shealy, ed. "Three Contemporary Accounts of Louisa May Alcott, with Glimpses of Other Concord Notables." New England Quarterly 59 (1986): 109-22.

Nelson, Claudia. "Care in Feeding: Vegetarianism and Social Reform in Alcott's America." The Girl's Own: Cultural Histories of the Anglo-American Girl, 1830-1915. Ed. Claudia Nelson and Lynne Vallone. Athens: U of Georgia P, 1994. 11-33.

Peterson, M. Jeanne. "The Victorian Governess: Status Incongruence in the Family and Society." Suffer and Be Still. Ed. Martha Vicinus. Bloomington: Indiana U P, 1972. 3-18.

Pfaelzer, Jean. "The Sentimental Promise and the Utopian Myth: Rebecca Harding Davis' The Harmonists and Louisa May Alcott's Transcendental Wild Oats." American Transcendental Quarterly 3 (1989): 85-99.

Russett, Cynthia Eagle. Sexual Science: The Victorian Construction of Womanhood. Cambridge: Harvard U P, 1989.

Sanderson, Rena. "A Modern Mephistopheles: Louisa May Alcott's Exorcism of Patriarchy." American Transcendental Quarterly 5 (1991): 41-55.

Saxton, Martha. Louisa May Alcott: A Modern Biography. New York: Noonday Press, 1995.

Showalter, Elaine. "Feminist Criticism in the Wilderness." Modern Criticism and Theory: A Reader. Ed. David Lodge. London: Longman, 1988. 331-54.

Strickland, Charles. Victorian Domesticity: Families in the Life and Art of Louisa May Alcott. Birmingham: U of Alabama P, 1985.

Wheeler, Michael. Death and the Future Life in Victorian Literature and Theology. Cambridge: Cambridge U P, 1990.

Widdicombe, Toby. "A 'Declaration of Independence': Alcott's Work as Transcendental Manifesto." ESQ 38 (1992): 207-25.

Zehr, Janet S. "The Response of Nineteenth-Century Audiences to Louisa May Alcott's Fiction." American Transcendental Quarterly 1 (1987): 323-42.