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Louisa May Alcott was born the 29th of November 1832 in Germantown, Pennsylvania, and then grew up in Boston and Concord, Massachusetts, the daughter of Amos Bronson Alcott and Abigail May.
Her father was a noted educator and leader of a philosophical movement called Transcendentalism. Louisa was deeply influenced by both her parents, especially her mother, whom she looked up to for her bravery and goodness, as well as friends and neighbors, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Henry David Thoreau. Louisa was primarily educated by her father.
She helped support her family as a seamstress, a household servant, and later, as a teacher.
Louisa's first published work was the poem, Sunlight, published under a pseudonym, A.M. Barnard, in 1851.
Her first book, Flower Fables, a collection of short stories for children, was published in 1854.
During the Civil War, Louisa served as a nurse for the Union Army. She used that experience to write for her first successful book, Hospital Sketches, a series of letters compiled and published in 1863 following a near fatal illness.
Louisa continued writing, which led to her role of editor for "Merry's Museum" in 1867, a magazine for young girls. It was her publisher there who encouraged her to push forward in writing Little Women.
"Little Women", initially published in two parts, in 1868 and 1869, is Louisa's best known novel. It took her only a total of 12 weeks to write.
In the book, her family was represented by the "March family", and the character of "Jo March" represented her. It focused on the values of middle class domestic life in the United States. The novel would give Louisa and her family a comfortable life from there on.
She continued the story of the Marches in Little Men (1871). Over her lifetime, Louisa published 270 different works.
In 1879, Louisa became the first woman to register to vote in Concord, once school, tax, and bond suffrage was opened to women. Louisa's support of women's rights was evident in her novel, Jo's Boys, published in 1886, a continuation of her March family stories.
Louisa died March 6th, 1888 in Boston, Massachusetts, and was buried in Sleepy_Hollow_Cemetery in Concord, near Emerson, Hawthorne, and Thoreau, on a hillside now known as "Authors' Ridge". She had typhoid fever and was being treated with a mercury-based drug, which poisoned her.
Louisa was inducted in the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1996.
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Category: United States National Women's Hall of Fame. See: https://www.womenofthehall.org/inductee/louisa-may-alcott/
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I was looking at some of her novels for a paper and I thought : Hey I bet whe has a profile on wiki tree. I am impressed with how awesome this page is, there are pictures on the linked website too if you would like to add some :-)
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