Daily Archives for: February 15th, 2018

Transcendental Wild Oats by Louisa May Alcott (1973) – full text

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.” Louis 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→


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Books by Charlotte Perkins Gilman: The Yellow Wallpaper & 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 future generations of feminists. Over the course of her life she wrote many pieces of fiction and non-fiction, short stories, and poetry. Here are some of the books by Charlotte Perkins Gilman that she’s best remembered for:

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