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AMERICAN MASTERS
Louisa May Alcott

 

Alcott’s reputation as a morally upstanding New England spinster, reflecting the conventional propriety of mid-19th century Concord, Massachusetts, is firmly established.  Raised among reformers, iconoclasts and Transcendentalists, the intellectual protégé of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, Alcott was actually a free thinker, with democratic ideals and progressive values about women – a worldly careerist of sorts.  Most surprising is that Alcott led, anonymously and under the pseudonym A.M. Barnard, a literary double life not discovered until the 1940s.  As Barnard, Alcott penned some thirty pulp fiction thrillers, with characters running the gamut from murderers and revolutionaries to cross-dressers and opium addicts – a far cry from her better-known works featuring fatherly mentors, courageous mothers and impish children.

 

 

Rock, Rhythm & Doo Wop

 

In this vintage program first aired in 2001, host Frankie Valli and over 200 early rock and roll legends reunite for a once-in-a-lifetime concert to benefit public television. Performances from Little Anthony & The Imperials, Little Richard, Jay & The Americans, Fred Paris & The Five Satins, Jerry Butler, Lloyd Price, The Duprees and many others create an amazing evening, bringing to life the spirit of early rock and roll and doo wop.