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!

2 thoughts on “Alcott Update

  1. Hi Mike – Nice coincidence: the book was edited by my dear friend Amy Cherry at Norton. I can’t wait to read it. I think I must have read Little Women about 100 times when I was growing up! It will be interesting to read about how Louisa May Alcott was influenced by and also supported her dad.

  2. My book club read “March” by Geraldine Brooks, and one of me book club friends just recommended this very book. Now that it has the Mike Madison and Maggie Chon seals of approval as well, I’m all over it! :>)

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