If you've ever read, seen or even heard of "Little Women," you may imagine that Louisa May Alcott's life as a young woman played out much the way the book did - in Orchard House with a father away at war, ending up in a marriage to a professor several years her senior. And while the author really was one of four sisters, and she did write the first half of the book in Orchard House, her life was strikingly different from the one described in her most famous book.
Correction for this episode: At one point we say Louisa May Alcott contracted typhoid, and later we say typhus. We've even talked about the difference between these two diseases on the show before, yet I still managed to mess it up in my notes! She had typhoid, not typhus.
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Episode link: Louisa May Alcott
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- Matteson, John. "Little Woman: The Devilish, Dutiful Daughter Louisa May Alcott." Humanities. Vol. 30, No. 6. November/December 2009. http://www.neh.gov/humanities/2009/novemberdecember/feature/little-woman
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- Stern, Madeleine B. "Louisa May Alcott: A Biography." Northeastern University Press. 1996.