Little Women author Louisa May Alcott 'may have been transgender or non-binary' and her 1868 book contains 'proof', New York Times article claims
|Louisa May Alcott |
Louisa May Alcott, who penned the semi-autobiographical book in 1868, likely did not identify as a woman, according to the president of the Louisa May Alcott Society.
Quoted in the New York Times, Dr Gregory Eiselein says he is 'certain' that the author of the popular novel identified as non-binary, and that she never fit 'a binary sex-gender model'.
The NYT article author, Peyton Thomas - who is a trans man and novelist himself - goes on to claim that Alcott could have even been transgender.
In the opinion piece, Mr Thomas draws on a quote given by Alcott in the early 1880s, where she says:
"I am more than half-persuaded that I am a man's soul, put by some freak of nature into a woman's body".
He writes: 'She may not have known the word "transgender", but she certainly knew the feeling it describes.'