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2nd Story’s inspiring Little Women

Louisa May Alcott's Little Women is so beloved a morsel of American literary optimism that it would be hard to do badly with an adaptation of the 1868 novel. And there have been numerous ones, from films to an opera and a musical.
Timeless acts of kindness
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 25, 2011
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Author sees poetry and prose through the trees

The plan was simple, if nerdy: New York novelist and English teacher Richard Horan would visit the historic sites and childhood homes of famous authors (along with some notable historical and cultural figures).
Planting Seeds
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 13, 2011
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Grave Spotting

I asked the question this way: "Where would you want to be buried?" Not "do," but "would." That is to say if, by chance, you were to die, unlikely as that might be, where would you want to spend all of nonexistence?
Spooky? A bit, but Massachusetts's cemeteries are also the bucolic, final resting places of many great American writers.
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  June 18, 2010
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A timeless tale

Ever since it was published in 1868, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women has been inspiring generation after generation of strong-minded girls to grow into independent women.
Feminism is at the fore in PC’s Little Women
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 09, 2010
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Ladies' man

Early last week, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government announced suddenly that Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, would speak at a forum that Friday afternoon.
In his race for US Senate, Michael Capuano is using well-known women to battle the race's female front-runner.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 20, 2009
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The whole truth

It's the economy, stupid. Or maybe politics or literature. Fall non-fiction goes wide and deep, so plan for some marathon reading.
Tomes from the 'fact' department
By BARBARA HOFFERT  |  September 18, 2009


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Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women

As always with Porter, you can expect intelligence in the writing and insights into the bio subject.
A darker-than-usual take on the author
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 09, 2008

Girls to Women

A good college production of a weak musical like Little Women is certainly a better deal than a weak production of a Broadway favorite.
URI Theatre stages the novel-as-musical
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 04, 2007
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Serious business

Playwright and director Moisés Kaufman likes to say that Oscar Wilde was the first performance artist.
Oscar Wilde, Richard Nixon, and Real-Life In Baghdad
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 19, 2007
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Heat waves

“Summer joys are spoilt by use,” wrote John Keats, meaning the less you do between June and August, the better.
Summer reads to cool off with
By JOHN FREEMAN  |  June 28, 2007
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Close companions

The characters of Jean-Paul Sartre’s iconic 1944 one-act No Exit are in Hell.
No Exit , Les Liaisons Dangereuses , and Little Women
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 23, 2006


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Alcott sings

When she was a little girl growing up in Brooklyn, director Susan H. Schulman  loved Little Women.
  Little Women comes close to home
By SALLY CRAGIN  |  January 17, 2006