Lizzie’s words, in her own handwriting – the Hillside diary, and other news

I just received my order from the Houghton Library at Harvard for Lizzie’s Hillside journal. Now you can read Lizzie’s words in her own handwriting:

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MS Am 1130.9-1130.12 Volume 9, Houghton Library, Harvard University (both images)

Presentation on Lizzie Alcott, sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Lancaster University, UK

I would also like to announce that I will be presenting a 15 minute paper on Lizzie for an international symposium known as “Bearing Untold Stories,” hosted by Lancaster My presentation will be on Tuesday, May 31 at 11 am EST as part of a 3-person panel on the Alcotts. The event is free but you need to register as there are limited spaces. Livestreaming will be facilitated through MS Teams. You need an Outlook account to join MS Teams.

Go here to register for the symposium:
Click here to register for 31st May (either online or in-person):

I will be posting a video of my presentation a few days after the symposium, in case you cannot attend.

Book Update

Finally, an update on my book: I am in the middle of compiling my research for the rest of the chapters. As I have been doing this, I have realized that the book needs to take a different direction. I am excited at the prospect  because of how Lizzie’s story will be shared. Let me assure you, it will  not be a dry, chronological rendering!

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8 thoughts on “Lizzie’s words, in her own handwriting – the Hillside diary, and other news

  1. Lizzie is so interesting that no biography of her life could ever be dry unless all it said was “she was born, she lived and she died.”

    Will the first 2-3 chapters be affected by the book taking a different direction? Do they need to be rewritten?

    I was also wondering about the price. The last two Alcott books to be published were in the $100 category so I’m wondering if the book about Lizzie will be the same and I should wait for an e-book.

    Meanwhile I hope you are feeling as well as you need to be in order to keep doing all the things you are. It is amazing how much you do!

    Love & prayers,


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    1. It’s hard to say how the first 3 chapters will be affected. I am guessing a lot will be cut to sharpen the focus on Lizzie. As to the price, it all depends on who publishes it. Academic publishers charge a lot more. But I think that holds true for books written specifically for libraries to acquire. Mine is more of a trade book.


  2. WOW! WOW! WOW! What a bunch of wonderful news Susan!! Unfortunately, I don’t know much about livestreaming with an outlook account, but I would like to get as much of that information as I can on the May 31st symposium-“Bearing Untold Stories”, if you or an associate could give me any advice on how to do that, or maybe just to see the video. I am very excited about your book,& will be ordering it as soon as it is out. I share Elizabeth H.’s concerns & prayers for your good health. Elizabeth–were you able to get the E-book of “The Forgotten Alcott”? I thought there was a lot of great information about May, Louisa, & the relationship between the sisters, Marmee, & poignant memos of how Lizzie’s demise affected all of them (in Susan’s chapter). Susan–thanks again for soldiering on so dilligently to bring Lizzie’s story to life for us all. All my Very Best Regards Susan–and to you as well Elizabeth. Alex Laufer


    1. Hi Alex, No I didn’t get that e-book yet, but if it is available I will have to get it soon! All the best of everything to you,

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  3. Hi Susan!!i I am in the same boat with Kitlat. I wonder if I were to e-mail you re the Hillside Chapters in Lizzie’s own handwriting, it you would do the same for me?? I am really thrilled about the news about your Lizzie book. I am still sort of what you describe in the “An Obsession” part of your Webpage, and I am still blown away by the sweet, kind, loving, affectionate sister Beth March was in “L.W.” and how her sisters reciprocated her affection, and for me (& I am hoping your upcoming book will show the same about Lizzie) THAT, even beyond the character of the Alcott sisters, and Louisa’s and May’s remarkable accomplishments and achievements is what keeps my interest in your “Lizzie book”, and everything about the Alcott sisters so high. All my very best regards to You, Elizabeth, Kitlat, and all of your followers. Thank you again for all that you do!! Alex Laufer


  4. All my best to YOU Elizabeth. All the chats I’ve had with you and Susan, I really feel like I’ve made a couple of real friends!! I really hope you get it. I think it’s a great book.

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