Soon after its publication on September 30, 1868, Little Women became an enormous bestseller and one of America’s favorite novels. It quickly traveled the world and has since become an international classic. When Anne Boyd Rioux read it in her twenties, it had a singularly powerful effect on her. In Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters she recounts how Louisa May Alcott came to write the book, drawing inspiration for it from her own life. She also examines why this tale of family and community ties, set while the Civil War tore the country apart, has resonated through later wars, the Great Depression, and times of changing opportunities for women. Celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, Rioux sees the novel’s beating heart in its portrayal of family resilience and its honest look at the struggles of girls growing into women. In gauging its current status, she shows why it remains a book with such power that people carry its characters and spirit throughout their lives.
The lecture, which will be held in the historic Stable, will be followed by a tea and book signing. The doors will open at 10:15 a.m.
A professor at the University of New Orleans, Anne Boyd Rioux is a writer who specializes in recovering forgotten or lesser known women writers. She is the author/editor of six books and the recipient of two National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, one for Public Scholarship. Rioux’s previous book, Constance Fenimore Woolson: Portrait of a Lady Novelist, was published in 2016. It was chosen as one of the ten best books of the year by the Chicago Tribune and reviewed on the cover of The New York Times Book Review.
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We would like to thank Blantyre, a Relais & Chateau property, for their generous donation and support of this season’s Summer Lecture Series at The Mount.
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