Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women

Louisa May Alcott

2009 (Nancy Porter) PG, 84 minutes

The creator of the children’s classic Little Women, who was born Nov. 29, 1832, was remarkable. She wrote the book that made her famous and rich in just 10 weeks. Under a pseudonym, she penned pulp fiction, populated with shocking characters, including murderers, transvestites, spies and frauds. Reflecting her politics, she produced groundbreaking stories about interracial marriage, slave revolt and race relations. She and her family were abolitionists, their home a way station on the Underground Railroad. She served as an army nurse in the Civil War and was an advocate for women’s rights. Her spirit, passion and physicality are best represented by the character Jo March, portrayed in one film version of Little Women by Katharine Hepburn. Learn more about Alcott in this documentary,  which aired on PBS and in the discussion and Q&A, following the film. The Extraordinary Women series is presented by local not-for-profit Back Lane Studios to help fund its student filmmaking project. - Ellen Moorhouse


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