American Masters: Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women (2015)
Product Code: CE7607
Grade Level: Adult
Media Type: DVD
Louisa May Alcott was no little woman, and her life was no children’s book; her story is as full of incident, surprise, and heroism as any plot she invented. The daughter of improvident educator Bronson Alcott, Louisa was homeschooled by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, served as a nurse in the Civil War, fought for women’s suffrage, and lived a secret life as the author of lurid pulp fiction until Little Women lifted her and her family from rags to riches and literary celebrity. Starring Elizabeth Marvel (House of Cards, Lincoln), directed by Nancy Porter (NOVA, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE), written by Harriet Reisen, (Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women, a Wall Street Journal Top Ten Standout Book), featuring actors Daniel Gerroll and Jane Alexander, and with commentary by Pulitzer Prize-winners Geraldine Brooks and John Matteson, this first film biography of Louisa May Alcott replaces the image of a New England spinster with a portrait of a living, breathing, modern woman.
Run Time: 90