Saturday, March 9
Return to Little Women
A multimedia lecture presented by Iris Bass
Mason Library, Great Barrington, 10 a.m.–noon

Sometimes we find great richness in exploring our own backyard. Such is the case with Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. Many have not gone back to this classic story since reading it as a child, not realizing the degree to which the character of Jo reflects feminist writer Alcott’s fervent belief that women of her day had the right to pursue careers. Written in Concord, MA, in 1868–69, the novel is both autobiographical and an idealization of the grounded family life and loving marriage that Alcott never had.

Published author Iris Bass, who for four years presented the “Words before Music” opera­literature series at Lee Library, will take readers on a literary journey back to this seminal work while also moving forward to American composer Mark Adamo’s 1998 opera based on Little Women, using excerpts from its audio recording.