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Louisa May Alcott Exhibit in Lockwood Library

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Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women

Lockwood Memorial Library, 2nd floor lobby

14 October, 2011 – 31 December, 2011

This exhibit offers a fascinating glimpse into the life and literary career of author Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888). While most readers know Louisa May Alcott as the author of the perennially popular Little Women and other books for girls, she was a far more complicated person–and writer–than many people realize.

Alcott’s remarkable body of work also includes sensational thrillers, Gothic novels, fairy tales and works of domestic realism. She was deeply involved in the Transcendentalist and Abolitionist movements, and served as a Civil War army nurse. During her lifetime, Alcott published over two hundred works in all, rising from abject poverty to extraordinary wealth and fame, and becoming a prominent spokesperson for progressive ideas.

The exhibit, developed in conjunction with the University Libraries’ current Alcott discussion series, features writings by Alcott and other reform-minded writers in her circle.  Also included are selected examples of contemporary interpretations of Alcott’s works.

For information on upcoming programs in the Louisa May Alcott series, contact Laura Taddeo at:

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