Louisa May Alcott

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Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott
Born (1832-11-29)November 29, 1832
Germantown, Pennsylvania
Died March 6, 1888(1888-03-06) (aged 55)
Boston, Massachusetts
Notable work(s) Little Women
Little Men
Jo's Boys

Louisa May Alcott (November 29, 1832 - March 6, 1888) was an American writer. She was born at Germantown, Pennsylvania to Amos Bronson Alcott, a controversial educator.

In 1834, the Alcott family moved to Massachusetts, finally settling at Concord. Family friends in the area included Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Early Years[change | change source]

The Alcotts had money troubles. Louisa went to work at an early age. She taught, sewed, and did chores in houses. In 1848, her first book, Flower Fables, was published.[1]

Writing[change | change source]

She wrote many sensational stories and passionate novels such as A Long Fatal Love Chase. She also wrote stories for children. The critics liked these children's stories. She began writing only for children. In 1868, Little Women was published. It was a great success. After Little Women, Alcott wrote Little Men in 1871 and Jo's Boys in 1886. These books were about four fictional sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March. The books were based on Alcott's childhood experiences with her own three sisters. The character of Jo was based on Alcott herself. Other children's books by Alcott include Eight Cousins, Rose in Bloom, Under the Lilacs, and Jack and Jill.

Personal life[change | change source]

After three years after the Civil War started, Alcott got a job in a hospital in District of Columbia. She worked for six weeks between 1861 and 1862.[1] When Alcott stayed in hospital, she got typhoid. She had to spend a long time in bed, which affected her health..[2]

Alcott died of a stroke at age 55 in Boston, Massachusetts on March 6, 1888.[3] She and her earliest biographers[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1  Richardson, Charles F. (1911). "Alcott, Louisa May". Encyclopædia Britannica (Eleventh) 1. Cambridge University Press. 
  2. Peck, Garrett (2015). Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C.: The Civil War and America's Great Poet. Charleston, SC: The History Press. pp. 73–76. ISBN 978-1626199736.
  3. Donaldson, Norman and Betty (1980). How Did They Die?. Greenwich House. ISBN 0-517-40302-1.
  4. Hirschhorn, Norbert; Greaves, Ian (Spring 2007). "Louisa May Alcott: Her Mysterious Illness". Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 50 (2): 243–259. doi:10.1353/pbm.2007.0019. PMID 17468541.