“I could not write a girls’ story,” Louisa May Alcott protested after a publisher made a specific request that she do so, “knowing little about any but my own sisters and always preferring boys.” But she agreed to try, and the result was Little Women, an immediate bestseller and now a world-famous and well-loved classic. But who was this real-life Jo March? How did her father Bronson’s utopian dreams affect Louisa May and the other women in her family? And what do we make of all this today? In this episode, Jacke takes a look at the incredible Alcotts.
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