Louisa May Alcott

One of my favorite books growing up was “Little Women”.  I’m sure I’m not alone in that regard.  However I was fortunate enough to spend a few years living in New England, which meant I was able to visit the house and town that was familiar to my favorite character “Jo”.  I specifically remember one very special birthday spent in Concord, MA. picnicking in the green across the street from Louisa May Alcott’s home.  It was a wonderful experience that strengthened my love for the famous author.  This Friday evening “American Masters” presents “Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women”.

Alcott’s name is almost universally recognized and her reputation as a morally upstanding New England spinster has been firmly established. However what I learned growing up was that Alcott spent her youth with intellectual neighbors like, Emerson, Hawthorne and Thoreau.  Can you imagine living in a small town with these gentleman around to listen to and observe!   Alcott was actually a free thinker with democratic ideals and progressive values about women.  I think her politics come through loud and clear in her stories.  One tidbit of information I learned in this program, Alcott wrote for years under the  pseudonym A.M. Barnard.  A.M. Barnard wrote scandalous, sensational works with characters running  from murderers and revolutionaries to cross-dressers and opium addicts.  Not quite what we’re use to in “Little Women”.  Alcott is a fascinating woman, I hope yo can join us on Friday evening.

“American Masters: Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women” airs Friday, Febraury 10, at 10:00pm on WOSU TV.