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Alcott Update

A year and a half ago, I posted a brief note on a non-law, non-IP topic:  My friend John Matteson, a recovering lawyer now teaching English at John Jay College, had just published a well-received biography of Louisa May Alcott and her father, Bronson Alcott.  It’s called “Eden’s Outcasts”; buy the book here.

The Madisonian mobblog forced me to delay returning to the topic, but here I am at last.  Earlier this month, John and his book were awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for biography or autobiography.  My earlier post alluded briefly to our long acquaintance–we met as seventh graders–and now friendship.  Two weeks ago, I shared a delightful dinner in New York with John and his family; two days later, the award was announced.  As John told Harvard Law School (his alma mater), “I’m beside myself with joy.”  As am I.  Congratulations!