Jamie Lynne Burgess

The Many Faces of Little Women

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm
  • Conference Room - Administration Wing
How a "Book for Girls" captures the American imagination...select readings and a discussion led by Louisa May Alcott scholar Jamie Burgess


Little Women has been captivating audiences since its release as a novel in 1868, yet we never seem to create a film version that we all agree is definitive. Each version is a classic to those who love It. Soon, the March family will be brought to life once again by an all-star cast, including Meryl Streep, Emma Watson, Laura Dern, Saiorse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet.

This two-evening discussion-based class will explore the life of Louisa May Alcott and the cultural significance of her most famous work, Little Women.

March sisters

About the teacher

Jamie Lynne Burgess was a museum guide and educator at Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House from 2009 to 2014, where she portrayed May Alcott Nieriker in historical reenactments. She earned a master's degree in the life and work of Louisa May Alcott with renowned Alcott scholar Daniel Shealy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and she has written and presented about the Alcotts and their lives in both America and France.

“I want to do something splendid before I go into my castle—something heroic, or wonderful—that won't be forgotten after I'm dead. I don't know what, but I'm on the watch for it, and mean to astonish you all, some day."
Jo March, Little Women

Want to join the Many Faces of Little Women discussion group?

The workshop is limited to 16 participants.

The Library will provide for each person a special reader that Jamie has created for this workshop. Participants are asked to commit to the reading and attend both of the sessions. Register online from the link above.