Louisa May Alcott, age 20
Louisa May Alcott, age 20
Drawing of a nurse and patient <br>during the Civil War
Drawing of a nurse and patient
during the Civil War
Picture of Louisa May Alcott, Civil War nurse
Picture of Louisa May Alcott, Civil War nurse
Illustration from <i>Little Women</i>
Illustration from Little Women
Writing room where Alcott wrote <i>Little Women</i>
Writing room where Alcott wrote Little Women
Louisa May Alcott, author
Louisa May Alcott, author
Alcott wanted equal rights for everyone.
Alcott wanted equal rights for everyone.
Alcott, Louisa May<br>Author
Topic(s):   Authors, Famous People (U.S.), Women (U.S.)
Quick Facts
Full Name Louisa May Alcott
Born November 29, 1832 (Germantown, Pennsylvania)
Died March 6, 1888 (Boston, Massachusetts)
Nationality American
Occupation(s) governess, nurse, seamstress, writer
Major Achievement(s) author of: Little Women; Rose in Bloom; Little Men; An Old-Fashioned Girl; Jo' Boys

Louisa May Alcott based her most famous character on herself. Like Jo March in Little Women, Louisa loved to write stories. She kept a journal from age eight. She enjoyed performing plays with her sisters. Louisa was also a tomboy, just like Jo.

Louisa May Alcott was born in 1832. Her father was a well-known scholar. The family was very poor. Louisa wanted to support them. She tried many odd jobs. Louisa based her first book, Hospital Sketches, on her job as a Civil War nurse. Sadly, that job left Alcott in poor health for the rest of her life.

Alcott wrote Little Women in 1868. She based the book on her childhood memories. It was an instant success. It is a now a classic. The book has been translated into more than fifty languages. Other popular books soon followed. All told, Alcott wrote more than thirty books for children and adults. In addition to her writing, she supported social causes and women’s rights. She died in 1888.

Resource information

Krull, K. (1994). Lives of the writers: Comedies, tragedies (and what the neighbors thought). San Diego: Harcourt Brace.

Durbin, Deborah. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott: About the Author. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://xroads.virginia.edu/~hyper/alcott/aboutla.html

Louisa May Alcott Memorial Association. (1997 - 2004). Louisa May Alcott. Retrieved from http://www.louisamayalcott.org/louisamaytext.html

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