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Louisa May Alcott in her mid-twenties, 1858. Photo courtesy of Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House

Prof Angela Sorby
Louisa May Alcott midtwenties

Marquette University Libraries in collaboration with Milwaukee Public Library invite you to the second event in the five-event series "Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women."

"Louisa May Alcott Wrote That? Alcott and the Civil War"

Lecture by Prof. Angela Sorby

October 6 at 4:30 p.m.

John P. Raynor, S.J., Library Conference Center

Did Louisa May Alcott ever fully recover from the Civil War? As a nurse and a writer, she struggled to heal the physical and psychological wounds inflicted by the conflict. In this session, we will examine two Alcott texts from the Civil War era: the blackly comical Hospital Sketches and the melodramatic "My Contraband." Taken together, they represent some of the ways that the war challenged Alcott's (and the nation's) most deeply held convictions and assumptions.

Dr. Sorby (photo at right), Associate Professor of English, specializes in American poetry. She also teaches courses on Transcendentalism, the Gilded Age, and the Beats of the 1950s. Her latest book is Schoolroom Poets: Childhood, Performance, and the Place of American Poetry, 1965-1917 (2005) and she has published two collections of poems: Distance Learning (1998) and Bird Skin Coat (2009).

Resource guide: Raynor Memorial Libraries has posted an online resource guide with handy lists of library and digital books by Alcott, as well as books and websites about the author, her period, and her contemporaries. Find the resource guide here.

All members of the academic and wider Milwaukee communities are invited to this free event. Guests without Marquette IDs are advised to arrive in time to register at a table in the Raynor lobby for entrance to the library. Questions about any of the Alcott events may be addressed to Susan Hopwood, Outreach Librarian, by e-mail or phone (414) 288-5995.

Programs in this series are sponsored by the American Library Association with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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