29 November 2008

Louisa May Alcott and her Father: Eden's Outcasts

This week on Woman-Stirred Radio Merry Gangemi interviews John Matteson, author of Outcastsin Eden: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and her Father.
John T. Matteson has an A.B. in History from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in English from Columbia University. He also holds a law degree from Harvard University. Matteson has written for The Harvard Theological Review, Architectural Record, CrossCurrents, New England Quarterly, Streams of William James, and other publications. Matteson received the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father (W.W. Norton, 2007). He teaches literature and legal writing at John Jay College, and is currently working on a book tentatively titled The Lives of Margaret Fuller.

Eden's Outcasts delves into the complex emotional lives of Louisa May Alcott and her father, Bronson Alcott, and is contextualized within the America of Emerson, abolitionists, and The Civil War. The biography examines a father-daughter relationship that extends beyond family bonds, opening up a fascinating history of Alcott's development as a writer and thinker and the profound influence Bronson had on his daughter's career.

So tune in (91.1fm) Vermont or stream it live from all over the world! Interview begins at 4:15 (EST).

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