Marmee & Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother

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"'Let the world know you are alive!' Abigail Alcott counseled her daughter, who amply did, having inherited her mother's spirit and frustrations, diaries and work ethic. Along the way Louisa May Alcott immortalized the woman in whose debt she understood herself to be and who ultimately died in her arms; Eve LaPlante beautifully resurrects her here. A most original love story, taut and tender."--Stacy Schiff, Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author of Cleopatra: A Life

"This is an important book about an important relationship. Writing engagingly and with precision, Eve LaPlante sheds new light on the Alcott story, a story that is in some ways the story of America."--Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

"A romance... The eye-opener of Eve LaPlante's marvelous new dual biography...is that Abigail was every inch the social philosopher that Bronson was when it came to issues of abolition and women's rights.... Marmee & Louisa charts Abigail's relatively unacknowledged influence as a progressive thinker on her famous daughter Louisa.... When Louisa began to write Little Women... she drew material from her mother's approximately 20 volumes of diaries. Until Abigail's death...she was her daughter's closest confidant and biggest booster."--Maureen Corrigan "NPR "Fresh Air" "

"Eve LaPlante's Marmee & Louisa is a heartwarming and thoroughly researched story of family interdependence very much in the style of Louisa's own unforgettable Little Women. No other biographer has examined so thoughtfully and with such compassion the mother-daughter relationship that supported both women through decades of adversity and brought a great American novel into being."--Megan Marshall, author of The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism andMargaret Fuller: A New American Life

"'Reason and religion are emancipating woman from that intellectual thralldom that has so long held her captive.' That was the dearest hope of Louisa May Alcott's mother Abigail, who was a writer herself and juggled work and family in ways that will be strikingly familiar to many contemporary readers. Marmee & Louisa is the engrossing story of a vibrant, talented woman whose life and influence on her famous daughter has, until now, been erased."--Anne-Marie Slaughter, Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University

"[An] involving mother-daughter portrait...and a fresh perspective on Louisa....Louisa's unconventional father, Bronson, has received far more attention than his long-suffering, feminist wife...Her own dreams cruelly thwarted, Abigail brilliantly nurtured Louisa's literary genius. Although bitter ironies mark each woman's story, vividly set within the social upheavals of the Civil War era, their profound love, intellect, and courage shine."--Booklist, starred review

"In this meticulously researched look at Louisa May Alcott and her mother, LaPlante shatters myths about the supposed passive Marmee, replacing them with a portrait of a woman who fought for a woman's right to education, professional and maternal satisfaction, and power."--People Magazine

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"Engrossing... LaPlante, a descendant of the Alcotts, pursued this untold story after discovering forgotten journals and letters in an attic trunk. In her skilled hands these documents yield Abigail unabridged: a thinker, writer, activist, wife and mother who held fast to her convictions in the face of terrible suffering...[T]his is a biography of Louisa, too, and LaPlante makes a compelling case that it was Abigail, not Bronson, who encouraged Louisa not only to channel her considerable energy through writing, but also to pursue publication and to weather the censorship that female writers faced...In bringing to life the woman who made Louisa May Alcott's work possible, LaPlante shows us that there's even more to admire in the real Abigail than in the fictional Marmee."--The Washington Post

"This revealing biography... will forever change how we view the characters and their relationships in Louisa's novels... Through LaPlante's book we see how Louisa drew heavily from Abigail's life experiences in her own writings.... Alcott fans who revel in LaPlante's biography can read to the very last page and then turn to a bonus... companion volume, MY HEART IS BOUNDLESS, writings of Abigail May Alcott."--USA Today

"A revelatory dual biography... LaPlante makes a convincing case that Abigail's doggedly pragmatic responses to the intertwined and ongoing catastrophes of Bronson's inconsistent emotional involvement and the family finances left an indelible impression on Louisa, who vowed from an early age to take care of her mother... [D]emonstrates that Abigail's daughters were her dreams made manifest."--The Seattle Times

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A great niece and cousin of Louisa May Alcott draws on newly uncovered family papers to present a moving revisionist portrait of her relationship with her mother, challenging popular beliefs about father Bronson's primary influence to demonstrate how Abigail May served as the intellectual and emotional center of Louisa's life. By the award-winning author of Salem Witch Judge. 40,000 first printing.

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