Transcendental Wild Oats by Louisa May Alcott is a satire, somewhere in length between a short story and novella, about her family’s misadventures as part of the Fruitlands community in the 1840s. It was first published in a New York newspaper in 1873.
Alcott thinly disguised the members of the Transcendentalist community. Her father, Amos Bronson Alcott was a co-founder of the community. In the fictional version he became “Abel Lamb.” Her mother, Abigail May Alcott, is presented as “Sister Hope.”
Louisa makes no attempt to soften the truth in her satire, portraying Abel Lamb is an impractical dreamer; Sister Hope actually feels hopeless —overworked and frustrated by the hapless men. Read More→
Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860 – 1935) was an American novelist, poet, and pioneering feminist. An outspoken, bold woman with strong beliefs, Gilman served as a role model for generations of feminists. Here is a listing of the best know shorter works and books by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
Best remembered for her semi-autobiographical work of short fiction, The Yellow Wallpaper, Gilman was one of the leading activists of the late 19th and early 20th-century American women’s movement. Both her fiction and nonfiction works detail how women’s lives were impacted by social and economic bias, and are still relevant today.
Over the course of her life, Gilman wrote many pieces of fiction and non-fiction, short stories, and poetry. Here are some of the books she’s best remembered for.