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Little Women Media List

Librarians at Seattle Public Library created this list of books, films, and music to enhance your experience of Little Women, playing at Seattle Rep from November 10 - December 19, 2023.

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Little Women
A Full-length Play

By Hamill, Kate
Book - 2021
The script of Little Women, for your reading pleasure.


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My Heart Is Boundless: Writings of Abigail May Alcott, Louisa's Mother
By Alcott, Abba May
Book - 2012
"Here at last, in her own words, is this extraordinary woman's story, brought to the public for the first time. Full of wit, charm, and astonishing wisdom, Abigail's private writings offer a moving, intimate portrait of a mother, a wife, a sister, and a fierce intellect that demands to be heard." —Publisher's Copy


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Little Women
By Alcott, Louisa May
Book - 2019
The beloved classic is based on Alcott's family and chronicles the joys and sorrows of the four March sisters (Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy) and their mother Marmee, while their father, a Union army chaplain, is away in the United States Civil War.


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March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women
By Bolick, Kate
Book - 2019
"On its 150th anniversary, four acclaimed authors offer personal reflections on their lifelong engagement with Louisa May Alcott's classic novel of girlhood and growing up." —Publisher's Copy
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March: A Novel
By Brooks, Geraldine
Book - 2006
Winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, March retells the story of Little Women from the perspective of Mr. March, the girls' father, who is away from home assisting the Union cause during the Civil War.


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The Transcendentalists and Their World
By Gross, Robert A.
Book - 2021
Louisa May Alcott's father Bronson was a founder of Transcendentalism, a school of thought that promoted radical social reform which included abolitionism, veganism, and women's rights. Transcendentalist tenets influenced Louisa's world view throughout her life.


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"Nine years older than Louisa May Alcott, Ellen Garrison Jackson was a black girl in Concord, Mass., the second generation to live in her family’s homestead. Like Alcott, she grew up in a family committed to radical social change. Her mother worked as an abolitionist, occasionally working in coalition with white female activists in Concord. In 1866, she initiated an early lawsuit over segregation in public transportation, testing the nation’s first Civil Rights Act." —"The Bearable Whiteness of 'Little Women," by Kaitlyn Greenidge, The New York Times, Jan. 13, 2020.


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Meg & Jo
By Kantra, Virginia
Book - 2019
In this charming update of Little Women, Meg is an overwhelmed mother of two and Jo is working as a food blogger after losing her job as a journalist. When their mother is unexpectedly hospitalized, both Meg and Jo rally to take care of her and find unexpected happiness along the way.


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Marmee & Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother
By LaPlante, Eve
Book - 2012
"The author argues that Louisa's "Marmee," Abigail May Alcott, was in fact the intellectual and emotional center of her daughter's world—exploding the myth that her outspoken idealist father was the source of her progressive thinking and remarkable independence."


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Little Women
DVD - 2020
Director Greta Gerwig's adaptation of Little Women is influenced by both the classic novel and Alcott's writings.


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Masterpiece, Little Women - Part 1
Streaming Video - 2018
PBS Masterpiece's adaptation of Little Women is a "warm bath of lightness and love" (USA Today), with a particularly charming take on Aunt March by Angela Lansbury. First of a 3-part series.


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So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix
By Morrow, Bethany C.
Book - 2021
"In this reinvention of Louisa May Alcott's 1868 classic, Morrow highlights with impressive acuity the four March sisters, Black young women who come of age in the shadow of the American Civil War . . . a beloved story gains new meaning through the lens of enduring Black resilience, love, and hope." —Free Press


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Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters
By Rioux, Anne Boyd
Book - 2018
Author Rioux details the continuing cultural significance of Louisa May Alcott's classic, an instant hit when first published in 1868 due to the novel's relatable depictions of family life.


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I Can't Wait to Call You My Wife: African American Letters of Love and Family in the Civil War Era
By Roberts, Rita
Book - 2022
"Historian Roberts spotlights how free and enslaved African Americans 'cultivated family amidst a precarious existence' in this illuminating collection of letters. . . . Expertly curated and contextualized, these letters simmer with palpable longing and fierce determination. Readers will be riveted." —Publishers Weekly


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Louisa on the Front Lines: Louisa May Alcott in the Civil War
By Seiple, Samantha
Book - 2019
Alcott's service as a nurse during the Civil War was "pivotal in helping her write the beloved classic Little Women. It also deeply affected her tenuous relationship with her father, and inspired her commitment to abolitionism." —Seal Press


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Little Women runs at Seattle Rep from November 10 - December 19, 2023!

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