Little Women

Scenes from Greta Gerwig’s new film adaptation of Alcott’s two volume novel
Scenes from Greta Gerwig’s new film adaptation of Alcott’s two volume novel

Il romanzo di formazione di Louisa May Alcott ha una nuova versione cinematografica diretta dalla regista Greta Gerwig. In questo video ti raccontiamo la vita della scrittrice e le similitudini con una delle quattro sorelle March.

A new film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women is due to be released on Christmas day. Starring Saoirse Ronan as Jo March and Timothée Chalamet as Laurie, it follows the lives of four sisters as they take their first steps in the adult world. Although the family saga Little Women has been loved by readers since its publication in 1868, Alcott’s main motivation for writing it was simply to get her family out of debt!

Because of their financial difficulties, Louisa started sending her work to publishers, hoping to make some money for her family. She managed to get various books published, including some romantic thrillers. Then her publisher asked her to write a book for girls. Alcott agreed and started work on Little Women, although she wasn’t that keen on the idea.

Little Women tells the story of four sisters growing up and their friendship with Laurie, the boy next door. The character of Jo March, who earns money for her family through writing, is based on Louisa herself. One important difference from life is that in the book Jo gets married while Louisa remained single her whole life.

Alcott, like Jo, wanted a life outside the home. She was a committed feminist and a strong supporter of abolitionism and proud of the work her family had done to oppose slavery.

This month in Speak Up we look more closely at Little Women. What does it have to say to today's young women - and young men - about the big issues of money, love and happiness? Find out in the December magazine!