Louisa May AlcottWriter
Born: 29 November 1832
Died: 6 March 1888
Birthplace: Germantown, Pennsylvania
Best known as: The author of Little Women
Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women
, a novel for young readers that's been popular since its appearance in 1868. Born in Pennsylvania, she's most closely associated with Boston and Concord, Massachusetts, where she grew up with the likes of Ralph Waldo Emerson
and Henry David Thoreau
, associates of her father, Transcendentalist philosopher (Amos) Bronson Alcott. A childhood of financial insecurity apparently made Louisa determined to be a success. She had a literary reputation after the 1863 publication of her experiences as a Civil War nurse (Hospital Sketches
), but she made money in the 1860s writing potboilers and publishing them anonymously or pseudonymously. Her market-savvy Little Women
was based on her own experiences growing up (she's associated with the character Jo) and cemented her fame and fortune. Her other works include Good Wives
(1869), Little Men
(1871), Rose in Bloom
(1876) and Jo's Boys
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