Harriet Reisen wrote a new biography about Louisa Mae Alcott. Alcott, of course, was the author of Little Women, as well as many other works. Yesterday, Reisen appeared on NPR's Diane Rehm show to discuss both the book and the documentary of Alcott that will be broadcast on PBS in December. Check out this podcast of the Diane Rehm show here: Harriet Reisen: Louisa May Alcott (Henry Holt)
Based upon what Reisen said during the program, Alcott's life sounds very interesting. Louisa Mae Alcott lived from 1832 to 1888. In additional to being a commercially successful author, Alcott was a feminist, abolitionist, a nurse during the Civil War, and occasionally smoked hashish. This is a life story I want to read.