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Louisa May Alcott
One of my favorite books growing up was “Little Women”.Â I’m sure I’m not alone in that regard.Â 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”.Â I specifically remember one very special birthday spent in Concord, MA. picnicking in the green across the street from Louisa May Alcott’s home.Â It was a wonderful experience that strengthened my love for the famous author.Â 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.Â Can you imagine living in a small town with these gentleman around to listen to and observe! Â Alcott was actually a free thinker with democratic ideals and progressive values about women.Â I think her politics come through loud and clear in her stories.Â One tidbit of information I learned in this program, Alcott wrote for years under theÂ pseudonym A.M. Barnard.Â A.M. Barnard wrote scandalous, sensational works with characters runningÂ from murderers and revolutionaries to cross-dressers and opium addicts.Â Not quite what we’re use to in “Little Women”.Â 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.