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LOUISA MAY ALCOTT: The Woman Behind Little Women
Louisa May Alcott is recognized around the world for her novel Little Women, but few know Alcott as the bold, compelling woman who grew up in the innermost circle of the Transcendentalist and antislavery movements, served as a Civil War army nurse, and led a secret literary life writing pulp fiction. Louisa May Alcott was her own best character, and her life was her own best plot.
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. The documentary and the book have both received numerous awards including Booklist’s Best Video – 2009, Grand Award Winner at the Providence Film Festival, and Wall Street Journal’s Top Ten Books of 2009.
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. Additionally, Rhode Island’s programs have been funded by The John C.A. Watkins Fund for Lifelong Learning at PPL.
To support Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women, Providence Public Library proudly presents two months of Louisa May Alcott programming in partnership with Rhode Island College (in particular, the James P. Adams Library Friends group and the Alliance for the Study and Teaching of Adolescent Literature - ASTAL), Rhode Island Historical Society, Living Literature, and Rhode Island Center for the Book. Further statewide public programs and events are possible with the collaboration of the Providence Athenaeum and Barrington and North Kingstown Public Libraries.
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