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A little Louisa May Alcott

Posted by Ralph Ranalli March 11, 2007 08:04 AM

(Image from janturnquist.com)


Library patrons can travel back in time next Sunday to the horse and buggy days when proto-feminist Louisa May Alcott hobnobbed with the likes of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

The library will host a living history performance in which actress Jan Turnquist portrays Alcott, who wrote the semiautobiographical novel "Little Women" in 1868. As Alcott, Turnquist will chat with audience members about her friendships with Thoreau and Emerson, her views on women’s suffrage and educational reform, and how writing took her from rags to riches.

The audience is free to ask Alcott questions.

Turnquist has been featured in television productions on PBS, the Fox Network, and the British Broadcasting Corporation. She founded InterAct Performances, an organization that delivers living history presentations, seminars and workshops.

The event takes place March 18 at 2 p.m. in the Community Room of the Needham Public Library on 1139 Highland Avenue.

–- Lauren K. Meade

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