Thursday, September 22, 2011

Celebrate Louisa May Alcott @ Your Library!

Author Louisa May Alcott is known around the world for her book Little Women, but few are aware of Alcott as a bold, compelling woman growing up in the innermost circles of the Transcendentalist and antislavery movements, serving as a nurse in the Civil War, and leading a secret literary life writing pulp fiction. Influenced by family friends such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Margaret Fuller, Alcott experienced a rich intellectual life which in turn influenced her writing.

Join the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System as we celebrate the life and historical and cultural context that inspired Louisa May Alcott's impressive body of work. Through her writing Alcott was able to express her views on social reform, from women's rights, to racial integration, to education, but her body of work also encompassed sensational thrillers, Gothic novels, fairy tales and works of domestic realism.

Through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System is pleased to offer several events and programs during September, October and November that will highlight her career, life, and some of her lesser known works.

For a complete schedule and description of these upcoming events, visit our website here. And be sure to check our catalog for other titles by and about this incredible author.

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