New Hanover County Public Library and UNCW Randall Library presented a series of programs in 2011 about Louisa May Alcott, based on the documentary and book Louisa May Alcott: The Woman behind Little Women.
The events were a success. Thank you to all who helped develop and promote the Louisa May Alcott event.
Did you know?
Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women, but did you know she also:
- Worked as a seamstress, a laundress, a teacher, a governess, and a domestic servant?
- Was raised a vegetarian and lived on a commune?
- Secretly wrote pulp fiction teeming with transvestites, murderers, spies, and frauds- and these works remained undiscovered until a half-century after her death
- Was an excellent actress- and may have worked as one under a different name?
- Wrote and published groundbreaking stories about interracial marriage, slave revolt, and race relations?
- Said she didn’t enjoy writing what she called “moral pap for the young” and that she did it for the money?
- Supported equal rights for women, organized women to vote 40 years before the nineteenth amendment was passed, and was the first woman to cast her ballot in a Concord election?
- Inspired the careers of Gertrude Stein, Gloria Steinem, Simone de Beauvior, Cynthia Ozick, Ursula LeGuin, Sandra Day O’Connor, Ruth Ginsberg, Hillary Clinton, and J.K. Rowling?
Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women is a documentary film co-produced by Nancy Porter Productions, Inc. and Thirteen/WNET New York’s American Masters, and a biography of the same name written by Harriet Reisen. Louisa May Alcott programs in libraries are sponsored by the American Library Association Public Programs Office with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities.