American Masters - Season 23, Episode 8 - Rotten Tomatoes

Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women

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Episode Info

An inventive biography of "Little Women" author Louisa May Alcott that mixes documentary, drama and animation, with the dialogue borrowed from writings and firsthand accounts. "I don't enjoy writing moral pap for the young. I do it because it pays well," Alcott (Elizabeth Marvel) admits. Another avenue that paid: lurid pulp fiction, which she published under a pseudonym. The bio also delves into "Little Women," her family's progressive ways and family friends Emerson and Thoreau.

Cast

Elizabeth Marvel
as Louisa May Alcott
Daniel Gerroll
as Bronson Alcott
Dossy Peabody
as Abigail Alcott
Jane Alexander
as Ednah Cheney
Marianna Bassham
as May Alcott
Linda Amendola
as Anna Alcott
Ken Cheeseman
as Ralph Waldo Emerson
Beno Chapman
as Henry David Thoreau
Peter Haydu
as Charles Lane
Molly Schreider
as Teen Louisa
Emily Strikeman
as Child Louisa
Haley Garvin
as Toddler Louisa
Maggie Quigley
as Child May Alcott
Ellen Adair
as Teen Anna Alcott
Anna Finklestein
as Teen Beth Alcott
Eleanor Farris
as 'Lulu' May Alcott Nieriker
Bob Jolly
as Civil War Doctor
Matt Perusse
as 'Swearing' Fruitlander
Matt Delacy
as 'Naked' Fruitlander
Crystal Lisbon
as Anna Weld
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