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Got Louisa? Berry highlights 'Little Women' author
Got Louisa? Berry highlights 'Little Women' author

ROME, Ga. -- The Berry College Memorial Library is sponsoring a series of reading, viewing and discussion programs in September focused on Louisa May Alcott's extraordinary life and work.

The programs have been developed in conjunction with Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women, a documentary film co-produced by Nancy Porter Productions, Inc. and Thirteen/WNET New York's American Masters, and a biography of the same name by Harriet Reisen.

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Louisa May Alcott is recognized around the world for her novel Little Women, but few knew Alcott as the bold, compelling woman who secretly wrote sensational thrillers, lived at the center of the Transcendentalist and Abolitionist movements, and served as a Civil War army nurse.

Memorial Library's public programs present a story full of fresh insights about Alcott and a new understanding of American culture during her lifetime.

The first program in the series is a viewing and discussion of Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women, which will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1 in the Science Auditorium on Berry's campus.

Subsequent programs include a discussion of Reisen's biography by the same title, a lecture and discussion series on various aspects of Alcott's life and work, and her "secret" identity as a writer of racy thrillers that stand in stark contrast to the family-oriented domestic tales for which she is best known.

Copies of the book version of The Women Behind Little Women are available for check-out at the Rome-Floyd County Library and Berry's Memorial Library.

The programs will culminate in an "Alcott Extravaganza" at Oak Hill and the Martha Berry Museum from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25. This event will include a variety of activities for adults and children that highlight connections between Alcott and the 19th century, Berry College and the Rome/Floyd County area.

The 1994 film adaptation of Little Women will be shown at 8 p.m. on the museum lawn.

Oak Hill is located at 24 Veterans Memorial Highway in Rome, near the campus of Berry College.

For more information about the Louisa May Alcott programs, visit the Berry's Got Louisa website.