Louisa May Alcott (born November 29, 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. Alcott was also a Civil War nurse, an avid supporter of women's suffrage, and, through her writing, the sole breadwinner for her family. Local author Ruth Crocker's presentation reveals Alcott's fascinating path to fame as an author and the role of famous transcendentalist writers like Thoreau and Emerson in her life. Join us to celebrate the life and achievements of one of America's most well-known literary figures.
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, Persimmon Tree, 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.
Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.