Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott (1832–88) was the American author of Little Women (1868), a book about four sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, growing up in Concord, Massachusetts. Alcott based the story, an account of the everyday lives of girls, on her own childhood growing up with her sisters. She based the story’s main character, Jo, on herself. But whereas Jo marries at the end of the story, Alcott remained single throughout her life.
Alcott was already writing books for children and adults in the 1860s, but Little Women was her first major success; it made her famous. She wrote two sequels about the family, Little Men (1871) about the children Jo teaches at school, and Jo’s Boys (1886) following the stories of Jo’s sons.
Alcott was praised as a writer for the way she wrote about everyday life—and especially about girls and women—in a natural style. She was well known as a feminist for writing about issues affecting women. More than 150 years after it was first published, Little Women is still a popular children’s novel today.
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