NOTE: I feel a need to append this post as I have heard from many of you about all the inaccuracies in this article. This seamless mixing of fact, fiction and mythology between the fictional Marches and the real-life Alcotts is rather common in writing from this period. I’ve read several newspaper accounts from the 1930s available from the papers of Margaret Lothrop (from the Wayside, at the Minuteman National Park archives) that were similar in nature. Some of the books from the period also reflect this style. I think of Honore Willsie Morrow’s The Father of Little Women (published in 1927) which combines fanciful imagined dialog between family members while at the same time including valuable transcriptions of previously unknown diary entries and letters. Needless to say, scholarship has certainly changed for the better when it comes to the Alcotts!
Photoplay is a movie magazine and my immediate thought was that the author embellished the facts to make it appeal to an audience who had seen the Katherine Hepburn movie. It sold magazines and movie tickets for sure!
It is fun to read such accounts and pick it apart. 🙂 Enjoy!
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Thanks to an inquiry from a reader (Julie), I can unveil this wonderful article written by the wife of Frederick Pratt, the son of Anna Alcott Pratt. Her name is Jessica Lillian Cate Pratt.
The article appeared in the February, 1934 edition of Photoplay Magazine as continuing promotion for the George Cukor-directed 1933 film, Little Women starring Katherine Hepburn as Jo.
Julie tells me that Jessica Pratt died the year the article came out so we are most fortunate to have her recollections of the family.
Many thanks to Ray Angelo (he discovered the new photos of Anna and John) for helping me find this article.
Download the article here — 00 Photoplay-Feb1934-Virginia Maxwell-article with Mrs. Pratt
Or, click on the pictures to enlarge and read:
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