Freebie Friday: Louisa May Alcott
I'm pinch-hitting for Nancy this week on Freebie Friday, and we're giving away "Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind 'Little Women' " by Harriet Reisen. It's an enticing biography about Alcott, whose classic work was published 140 years ago and has never been out of print. Reisen also wrote the PBS documentary about Alcott, due to air Dec. 28.
According to the biographer, Alcott disliked writing fiction for children and preferred to secretly write pulp thrillers that featured killers and transvestites. She took opiates and smoked hash. And she was a true rags-to-riches story, moving from a commune to multimillionaire status.
But the book is not meant to be salacious. It recounts her friendship with other famous writers, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry James. (Quite the literary neighborhood, eh?)
You know the drill: If you'd like to enter for the giveaway, leave a comment.
As for last week's giveaway, the winner is: me! My name really did come up in the Universal Number Randomizer, but knowing that Nancy would accuse me of a conflict of interest, I am ceding Duff and Willie Goldman's "Ace of Cakes" to Marnie. Congratulations to the Divine Ms. M (all I ask is that you send me a piece of cake).