Me and Louisa May Alcott

On a number of occasions I have been asked as to why I enjoy watching ‘Little Women’, which is based on the novel of the same name with the author being Louisa May Alcott.

The first word that comes to mind is ‘Old world charm’.  The era in which this is done has always fascinated me.  Fancy dinner parties, beautiful dresses, courtship and everyone being so prim and proper with the men ever so polite.

Romantic is definitely on the list of words.  That was the time when the girls still blushed a bright crimson and coyly hid behind their fans hoping the fine young gentleman will notice them.

Warm fuzzy feeling, toe curling, hug me or I hug myself moments are all captured in this movie and brimming over in the book.   The harshest words you will encounter here is ‘Christopher Columbus’ as spoken by Josephine March and even that has caused a few raised eyebrows because it was improper for a lady to use words like that.

Louisa May Alcott was born November 29, 1832, in Germantown, Pennsylvania.  Ha, I knew there was a deeper reason for me liking Ms. Alcott.  I am too a November baby!  Jokes aside, she was a bestselling novelist of the late 1800’s.

Little known fact is that she published poems and short stories under the pen name Flora Fairfield since 1851 and in 1862 she adopted the pen name of AM Barnard.

Some of her work includes:  Little men, Hospital sketches, Eight cousins, Good wives and Jo’s boys.

She died March 6, 1888 at the age of 55 only but a few days after her father.


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