Louisa May Alcott
“If it were not for the blessed fact that everything has its comic as well as tragic side, I should have lost my wits long ago.”
The Louisa May Alcott people think they know was a New England spinster who wrote popular children’s books. The real Louisa Alcott wrote hundreds of works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama. She was bold, romantic, and witty, and she was a woman who had secrets. One of them was her double literary life. Alcott’s secret authorship of racy thrillers remained undiscovered years after her death.
Alcott’s most enduring work, the novel LITTLE WOMEN, was first published in two parts in 1868 and 1869. Never out of print, it has sold millions of copies worldwide in over fifty languages. Stage adaptations appeared almost instantaneously; the first of many Broadway versions debuted in 1912. In the past few years, a Little Women musical and a major new opera version. The first of seven Little Women film adaptations was a 1917 silent version from Great Britain; the two best-known films starred Katharine Hepburn (1933), and Winona Ryder (1994). Among Little Women TV series is a BBC version, and another from Japan in 48 animated half-hour episodes.