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

Prof. Sarah 
Louisa May Alcott 

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

"Louisa May Alcott: Literary Phenomenon and Social Reformer"

Lecture by Prof. Sarah Wadsworth

November 10, (Thursday) at 4:30 p.m.

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

Alcott played a complex and varied role in the literary marketplace as a self-trained and successful professional writer. With reference to a range of genres and texts, including Transcendental Wild Oats, Behind a Mask, and the Little Women series, the lecture and discussion will explore how Alcott negotiated the line between “popular” and “literary” and how her texts advocated a range of progressive reforms while addressing a mainstream audience interested chiefly in entertainment.

Dr. Wadsworth (photo at right), Associate Professor of English, specializes in American literature and children's literature with research interests in history of the book, gender and reading, and literature and "place." Her new book, Right Here I See My Own Books (U. Mass Press, 2012), concerns the Women's Library that was assembled for the 1893 Columbia Exposition. She is also the author of In the Company of Books: Literature and its "Classes" in Nineteenth-Century America (U. Mass. Press, 2006).

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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