This year we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of one of the most beloved books of all time — Little Women. The character of Jo March, the heroine of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, was loosely based on Alcott’s own life, growing up with three sisters, a strong mother, and a revered, but largely absent father.
Before Alcott reluctantly agreed to write what was to become her most famous work, Little Women, readers associated her prolific writing more with Boston than Concord. 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.
This tour on Sunday, September 16, 2018, at 11:00 AM, will focus on Alcott and her literary contemporaries, their connections with each other, and their Boston world.
“Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.” – Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.