Moultonborough Public Library Event Calendar
|Time:||10:30 AM - 12:30 PM|
|Title:||Friends Book Discussion: Little Women|
Friends Summer Book Discussion
Louisa May Alcott
Recently, there has been a resurgence of interest in Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel of family life, first published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869, 150 years ago. In the last few years, there have been several film adaptations of the novel, starring prominent actors and actresses, such as Meryl Streep and Emma Watson.
The story of the four March sisters and their beloved mother, Marmee is iconic. Translated into 50 languages Alcott’s “book for girls” has moved girls and women around the world. Decades before any country allowed women to vote (New Zealand was first in 1893), female readers were hungry for a realistic portrayal of creative, individualistic, autonomous girls. Few books have remained in print continuously as long as Little Women.
It is the character of Jo who moves most readers; her independence, intelligence, and heroic self-sacrifice have made her an ageless role model for girls. Why are we so captivated by this realistic portrayal of a family of women that elevates virtuous work over the accumulation of wealth, or even personal comfort?
Although Alcott clearly wrote Little Women primarily to support her family and was not actually interested in writing a girls’ book, the modern reader enjoys the feminist and philosophical subtext that underlies this classic novel that transitioned Alcott and her family into domestic comfort and security and international recognition.
Because as a young girl I fell in love with this author and all things Concord, I will lead this discussion...Susan Merrifield