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A Posthumous Interview with Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott’s reach into contemporary culture, particularly with her iconic character, Jo March, is never ending. And so, I bring you this interview with Louisa May Alcott from the great beyond, featuring her forthright answers to my hypothetical questions.

Patti Smith is just one of many modern and contemporary authors who was inspired by Jo March. In her memoir, Just Kids, Smith recalled that her earliest inspiration was the fictional Jo March, one of the four sisters in ’s most beloved novel, Little Women.

What would a gawky, bookish teen growing up in New Jersey in the 1950s and 60s (albeit one destined to become a punk legend) find in common with a 19th-century girl in crinolines?

Plenty, actually. In Alcott’s autobiographical (albeit idealized) novel, Jo March is Louisa’s own,. somewhat idealized alter ego. Read More→


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