NEH Funds Library Programs

Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women – Library Outreach Programs

Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women – Library Outreach Programs has been designated as part of the NEH’s We the People initiative, exploring significant events and themes in our nation’s history and culture and advancing knowledge of the principles that define America. Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women – Library Outreach Programswill offer programming grants of $2,500 to thirty selected libraries to present five reading, viewing, and discussion programs focused on Louisa May Alcott, her body of work, and her era.

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In Heaven’s Name, Give Her a Chance

The 2010 Summer Conversational Series and Teacher Institute

Join scholars, educators, and Alcott fans from across the country and around the world to listen, learn, and share in honoring the bicentennial of Margaret Fuller’s birth.

This year’s Series spotlights the contributions of women of the 19th Century and focuses on their attempts to stretch the limits of what was then considered their “sphere.”

Each day, ample opportunities for Q&A with Presenters, as well as small group discussions, will be available. Every afternoon is devoted to helping educators understand how the Series content can be applied to their curricular needs, with a keen awareness of Massachusetts Frameworks.

Educators from all grade levels and subjects — including home schoolers — are welcome to attend, as is anyone wishing to learn more about the remarkably progressive Alcott family and their notable friends and neighbors.

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Alcott: ‘Not The Little Woman You Thought She Was’

Though many readers associate Alcott with the sweetness of Little Women, Reisen tells NPR‘s Linda Wertheimer, Alcott’s legacy — and Jo March’s, too — is really about the empowerment of women and girls around the world.

“You don’t grow up to walk two steps behind your husband when you’ve met Jo March,” says one Alcott fan.

In the time since Little Women was published in 1868, Reisen says she believes a countless number of women have — as Alcott put it — “resolved to take fate by the throat and shake a living out of her.”

Listen here to the NPR interview

Author Talk: Harriet Reisen

Tomorrow, November 12th at 6PM at the Boston Public Library, author Harriet Reisen will read selections from her book, “Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women” followed by a Q&A and book signing.


Birthday Book Give-Away

Enter for your chance to win a signed copy of “Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women”.


Publishers Weekly Calls LMA Book "Heart-Rending"

July 29 2009: This week the influential Publishers Weekly gave Harriet Reisen’s Alcott biography the spotlight position in its non-fiction section. Reviewer Brenda Wineapple said “Reisen’s rich empathy for Alcott never falters and her chronicle of Alcott’s exhausting attempt, as one friend remarked, “to fill vacant niches” in all things, whether in her family or in the world of popular literature, is heart-rending.”

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