Throughout the Series
In There’s a certain Slant of light, Jane Humphrey and her family bring their friend from Concord: Louisa May Alcott, who just made $35 for her first book and says that is the whole reason she’s in this business. On a pre-dinner run (“I love to run, that’s like an actual fact about me”), Louisa gives Emily some no-bullshit talk about the publishing industry and working as a professional writer. So, Louisa tells Emily to not be so precious and to write what sells. Moreover, she mentions to not worry about the disapproval of her family who may never speak to you again. “So what? You’ll be out there making a living on your own.” Her number-one piece of advice though is to never get married. “In the time it takes you to raise one baby, you can write four or five novels and you can sell those novels”.
In This is my letter to the World,it takes another poet to convince Emily to stop thinking about things and just feel, so as to be in touch with her emotions. As a result, she imagines herself at a war hospital meeting Walt Whitman, as well as reuniting with Louisa May Alcott. In her hallucination, Walt seems to be obsessed with the grandeur of war more than saving lives. But it’s more than Emily can claim to be doing, so she takes his lead and follows him into the party.
Louisa May has pale skin and long, blonde hair.