An Afternoon With Louisa May Alcott

Maybe you’ve read Little Women, and followed the adventures of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. Or perhaps you’ve seen one of the many film adaptations of the book. But do you know much about Louisa May Alcott, who wrote the 19th children’s classic? Learn more about her on Sunday, Nov. 27, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Revue Cinema in another of the Extraordinary Women’s series presented by Back Lane Studios.

A screening of the documentary The Woman Behind Little Women will be followed by a discussion and Q&A. Guest experts are Peter Hughes, who has studied the Unitarian and reformist traditions that shaped Alcott’s youth and views, and David Copeland, who lectures on children’s literature at Ryerson University.

Born 184 years ago on Nov. 29, 1832, Alcott:

* Was raised a vegetarian and lived in a “Utopian” commune spearheaded by her father. The family almost starved.

* Under a pseudonym wrote pulp fiction populated with transvestites, murderers, spies and frauds.

* Was almost 6 feet tall and loved to run.

* Grew to hate writing children’s books, which she called “moral pap.” Her children’s fiction, though, raised her family out of poverty.

* Was an excellent actress and may have performed under a different name.

* Wrote groundbreaking stories about interracial marriage, slave revolt and race relations.

* Supported equal rights for women and was the first to cast her ballot in a local Concord election.

* Was influenced deeply by intellectual luminaries Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson and others, who were friends of the Alcott family.


$10 for seniors, Revue Cinema members and seniors

$13 general admission.

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