Jo in a vortex. From Part Two of “Little Women.”

Researching for Film: How Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’ reinterprets the novel’s little-known print history

A behind-the-scenes researcher’s guide to consulting on the Oscar-nominated film “Little Women”

I. THE PUBLISHER: Messrs. Roberts Brothers

An 1870 letter between Alcott and editor Thomas Niles, part of the Louisa May Alcott Papers housed at Harvard University’s Houghton Library, MS Am 800.23.

II. THE PRESS: University Press in Harvard Square

III. THE PROCESS: Stereotyping & Cylinder Presses

Dutartre French cylinder press


Writer. Journalist. Editor. Donut Historian. Victorian Muppet. Townie. 2019 James Merrill House Fellow. Former Writers’ Room of Boston Fellow.

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