Last year, we celebrated the 150th anniversary of the publication of one of the most beloved books of all time — Little Women. Now we’re offering our “Louisa May Alcott’s Boston” tour monthly through the end of the year, leading up to the release of the latest Little Women movie on Christmas Day. This eighth film adaptation is directed by Greta Gerwig, and stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Timothée Chalamet, Laura Dern and Meryl Streep.
The character of Jo March, the heroine of Alcott’s novel, was loosely based on Alcott’s own life, growing up with three sisters, a strong mother, and a revered, but largely absent father.
Thanks to the fame that novel has achieved, today’s readers associate Alcott mostly with Concord. In fact, before the author reluctantly agreed to pen Little Women, her contemporary readers associated her prolific writing with Boston. Both before and after the 1868 publication of Little Women, Alcott lived for long periods in Boston and identified strongly with the city’s ethos.
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Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.