Miss Alcott's E-mail: Yours for Reforms of All Kinds : a Bio-memoir

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David R. Godine Publisher, 2006 - 255 Seiten
"Primarily a biography of Alcott, the book is inflected by personal correspondence that the author imagines sharing with her. How do they correspond? Bakke isn't sure: she sends emails that Alcott "receives" as letters in the post; Alcott's responses (quotations from her actual writings) somehow come back as email. Bakke's book surveys important portions of Alcott's life, placing it in the context of her neighborhood, of Concord and Boston, and of emerging political and social struggles that would last through the twentieth century into the twenty-first. At one stage or another, Alcott is participant or witness to heterodox views and lifestyles. For instance, Bakke surprises with this tidbit about Alcott's childhood: "In the spring (rural utopias always start in the springtime) of 1842, when she was ten, Louisa and her family founded a commune called Fruitlands."To those who are versed in Transcendentalism, abolitionism, and women's studies, the book may be too ambitious, building a context for Alcott's work but ultimately lacking the space or depth to make connections between that context and the work. But for a general audience, Miss Alcott's E-mail serves as a well-written introduction to Alcott's life and w.
 

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Nutzerbericht  - tjsjohanna - LibraryThing

Interesting concept - wonder how feminist and "radical" miss alcott really was. Ms. Bakke certainly makes a compelling case for comparing her to 60's radicals. Kind of turned me off, but there were some really interesting facts about the Alcott family and I enjoyed that part of the book. Vollständige Rezension lesen

Miss Alcott's E-mail: Yours for Reforms of All Kinds

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In this biography, Bakke, a consultant in clinical information systems, initiates an email correspondence with her childhood role model, writer Louisa May Alcott. Together they go "far beyondLittle ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

STARTING OUT I
1
GETTING AROUND CONCORD
14
BEING TRANSCENDENTAL
58
EXPERIMENTING WITH UTOPIA
79
ENDING SLAVERY
107
EARNING A LIVING AND HAVING FUN
137
WRITING IT DOWN
180
REFORMS OF ALL KINDS
200
GETTING ON
223
FINDING A WAY
233
ENDNOTE
241
Urheberrecht

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Über den Autor (2006)

Kit Bakke was born in Seattle, one of the first of the 'baby boom' generation. On graduating from Bryn Mawr College in Political Science she worked for the Students for a Democratic Society, and then sided with its more radical splinter group known as The Weathermen. After several years both above and underground, she had a baby and rejoined society to go back to school for a nursing degree in upstate New York. After two master's degrees in nursing and public health she became a clinical information systems consultant. She is now a wife and mother of two daughters and a cockatoo and still lives in Seattle. Miss Alcott's E-Mail is her first book.

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