This is a repost: first published March 30, 2006 as Hepburn and Mephistopheles (before I’d got into the Friday Hoyden habit). I’ve taken this opportunity to correct my original misspelling of her given name, and I’m very happy that the website I snarked on then still exists for you to … enjoy.
You tell ’em, Eleanor!
Oh, I have enjoyed dipping into this over the last couple of weeks.
Karen Karbo has tapped into the rich vein of enduring fascination with Kate the Great, taking a delightfully fresh approach to a much examined life. She uses quotes and anecdotes from and about Hepburn judiciously and examines the implications with a fond but clarifying eye.
How old were you when you first read Little Women? I think I was about 8, and I was utterly typical: Jo was my favourite. Was anyone unenraptured by Jo March on reading the book? What about portrayals on the silver screen or the box?