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The Transcendentalists: Secret Life of Louisa May Alcott
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Transcendentalists: exploring a New England School of Thought
The Life and Times of Louisa May Alcott
Tuesday, 3/10/20, 2:00 pm
Louisa May Alcott (1832 – 1888) is most famous for “Little Women,” a novel that shaped the way many women since the Victorian era have defined girlhood and family. Louisa was also a Civil War nurse, an avid supporter of women’s suffrage, and, through her writing, the sole breadwinner for her family. This presentation reveals her fascinating path to fame as an author and the role of Emerson, Thoreau, Bronson Alcott and other great transcendentalists in her life
Ruth W. Crocker is the author of The Secret Life of Louisa May Alcott, a one-act play based on the writings, diaries and journal entries of Ms Alcott. Ruth has a special interest in women writers of the nineteenth century. Her essays and nonfiction articles have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Grace Magazine, O-Dark-Thirty, T.A.P.S. Magazine, Bennington Review, PersimmonTree, The Saturday Evening Post, Redux and several trade magazines. Her memoir, Those Who Remain: Remembrance and Reunion After War, received the Benjamin Franklin Silver Medal for nonfiction, and her book People of Yellowstone, received the Foreword Review Book of the Year Award in 2017. She holds a PhD from the University of Connecticut, and an MFA in Creative writing from Bennington College. She lives in Mystic, Connecticut.