Jan Turnquist as Louisa May Alcott:
One hundred and fifty-years ago, author Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women at her publisher’s request. Loosely based on her own childhood, the novel follows the lives of the four March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy—and their passage to womanhood. The book was an immediate commercial and critical success, prompting Alcott to write two sequels. Alcott’s family often struggled financially and she supported them with her writing. She was devoted to her transcendentalist father, Bronson Alcott, caring for him until the last hours of his life. As an abolitionist and feminist she wrote passionate essays to advance her causes.
Join Jan Turnquist, executive director of the Alcott’s Concord home, Orchard House as she re-creates the character of Louisa May Alcott and answers questions about the life and work of this historic icon.