Madeleine B. Stern papers on Louisa May Alcott
- circa 1987
- Stern, Madeleine B., 1912-2007 (Person)
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1 oversize box (1 linear ft.)
1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
Madeleine B. Stern was born to Moses R. and Lillie Mack Stern in New York City 1 July 1912. She received her B.A. degree from Barnard in 1932 and her M.A. (degrees in English Literature) from Columbia University in 1933. Her biography of Margaret Fuller was written partly in Ogunquit, Maine, where she spent several summers. She contributed many articles on various literary subjects to the Sewanee Review, the New England Quarterly, Americana, The South Atlantic Quarterly, etc.(from inside back cover of
The Life of Margaret Fuller,1942).
On the merits of this text, Madeleine was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship to work on a biography of Louisa May Alcott. When the Fellowship expired, Madeleine taught English in secondary schools to support herself until March 1945, when she resigned as a teacher and became the business partner of her friend and co-worker, Leona Rostenberg, in the sale of rare books. From 1945 to 1991, while in that trade, she amused herself by researching alternately rare (often foreign) books and 19th century America. In that time, she produced numerous volumes on her favorite research subject, Louisa May Alcott, including a biography of the same title. Her partner, Leona, discovered four of Alcott’s unknown thrillers.
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- Register of Madeleine B. Stern papers on Louisa May Alcott
- Karen Glenn and H. Christine Broomhead, student processors and John Murphy, curator
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