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Louisa May Alcott

For When You've Read Little Women 50 Times

Louisa May Alcott’s timeless, classic novel about four sisters coming of age during the Civil War has endured for over 150 years now. Little Women itself has been adapted to film, to graphic novel, reimagined in a modern setting, and inverted in new ways. That has inspired many to explore the other stories and novels of the beloved author, who never imagined she would become known as a children’s author. 

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Jane Austen's "Emma" on Screen

Opens in theaters March 6

In Emma by Jane Austen, a wealthy, young woman named Emma Woodhouse believes herself to be a matchmaker and attempts to "fix" the lives of those around her. When her plans don't go as expected, Emma is forced to think about her actions.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Bite-Size Classics

Classics with 200 pages or fewer

There are many classics that we are often told we must read in order to be considered “well-read” but it can be difficult to fit them all into our reading life. However, there are many that are much shorter than we may realize and can be read relatively quickly. Here are a few of those classics that come in at around 200 pages or fewer that can be crossed off our to-be-read lists much sooner than others.

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Sanditon by Jane Austen

Begins January 12 on WETA-26

Charlotte Heyward, the eldest daughter of a large family, is invited to visit a seaside resort named Sanditon. It's an exciting adventure for Charlotte as she travels away from home for the first time. Her hosts, the Parkers, are residents of the town. Mr. Parker has an  interest in commercial investment opportunities.

The Annotated Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Contextualizing "Little Women"

Critical and historical writing on Alcott's classic novel

There’s no doubt of the lasting popularity of Louisa May Alcott’s

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The Essential Theatre Presents:

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

In partnership with The Essential Theatre, the Anacostia Library cordially invites you to see the play, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.  This play based upon Washington Irving’s famous short story has been adapted by David Ostergaard and directed by Emily Hubbard. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow  is an ideal autumn tale for young and old.  More tricks and treats will follow after the play provided by the Fairlawn Citizens Association and the Friends of Anacostia Library.

Pride and Prejudice

Modern Takes on Pride and Prejudice

The first sentence of Pride and Prejudice is: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” The works of Jane Austen are as popular as ever, and in the past few years many new adaptations of Pride and Prejudice have been released.

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