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Laura Bates on Louisa May Alcott

Episode 2 of 8

Journalist Laura Bates chooses the 19th-century American children’s author, Louise May Alcott. With Matthew Parris. From 2014.

Laura Bates, journalist and curator of the Everyday Sexism Project, explains to Matthew Parris why the 19th century children's author Louisa May Alcott has her vote for a Great Life. They are joined by Sarah Churchwell, Professor of American Literature at the University of East Anglia.

Louisa May Alcott is best known as the writer of "Little Women", the story of four sisters growing up during the Civil War in America. Generations of girls have read the book, which at first sight seems to be an improving tract on growing up and becoming a good Christian wife.

Both Laura and Sarah have a very different reading of the book and believe Louisa May Alcott to have been a remarkable woman and a dedicated feminist.

Producer Christine Hall

First heard on BBC Radio 4 in 2014.

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30 minutes


Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest Laura Bates
Interviewed Guest Sarah Churchwell
Producer Christine Hall


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