Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott

The Woman Behind Little Women

DVD - 2008
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Her life was no children's book. Louisa May Alcott's story is as full of incident, surprise, and heroism as any plot she invented; her childhood was one of high ideals, low finances, and some thirty household moves. The daughter of philosopher-educator Bronson Alcott, she was home schooled by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, served as a nurse in the Civil War, fought for women's suffrage, and lived a secret literary life as a writer of pulp fiction until "Little Women" lifted her and her family from rags to riches and literary celebrity. This first film biography of the beloved author, Louisa May Alcott : The Woman Behind 'Little Women' stars three-time Obie winner Elizabeth Marvel, and features Daniel Gerroll and Jane Alexander in a script written from primary sources and filmed in original locations. Animations and commentary by the foremost Alcott scholars, novelist Geraldine Brooks (March), and the 'literary sleuths' who uncovered Louisa's lost thrillers complete a detailed portrait that replaces the image of a New England spinster with a living, breathing, modern woman.
Publisher: New York : Nancy Porter Productions and Thirteen/WNET New York, c2008
Branch Call Number: DVD 813.4 LOU
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 84 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: The woman behind Little Women


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Aug 18, 2020

I liked this biography DVD. This re-enactment dramatization tells the life story of American author Louisa May Alcott, chronicling her efforts to rescue her family from poverty and find wealth, fame, and happiness for herself. Includes animations and commentary from Alcott scholars, novelist Geraldine Brooks, and the "literary sleuths" who uncovered Alcott's lost thrillers. Filmed on location at many places actually frequented by the real persons portrayed and featuring a script written from primary sources. Louisa May Alcott Biography
Louisa May Alcott was an American novelist, short story writer and poet best known as the author of the novel Little Women and its sequels Little Men and Jo's Boys. Born: November 29, 1832, Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Died: March 6, 1888, Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Resting place: Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord, Massachusetts, U.S. Influenced by: Henry David Thoreau, Charles Dickens. Edited works: Bronson Alcott's Fruitlands, The Baron's Gloves, Louisa May Alcott's Little Women at Christmas

Nov 30, 2019

This is fascinating!

Aug 13, 2018

Well-produced biography of one of America's best female writers. The film reveals the poverty and darker moments of Alcott's life. Her brilliant but feckless father spent too much time chasing Utopia, and his failure to support his family mean Alcott was molded into the family breadwinner, even when she was grappling with exhaustion and depression. On a bright note, her love of words and determination to carve out her own path in life are sincerely depicted. Little Women brought her success and a financial respite that she well deserved; she criticized herself for writing pulp fiction for younger women as a mainstay. There's some commentary on the importance of the New England abolitionist culture itself, and Thoreau and other leading transcendalists who created a reliable support network for Alcott.

Feb 15, 2014

Intriguing and an interesting documenatry about the life of Louisa Alcott, the Author of many books,including "Little Women".. She also wrote under the pseudonym, and not all her published works were found or known..

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