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Louisa May Alcott

Author Louisa May Alcott

Profession: Author

United States of America

Biography: Louisa May Alcott's novels remain as popular today as when they were first published in the nineteenth Century. "Little Women" (1868) and its sequels "Little Men" and "Jo's Boys" were semi-autobiographical, based on the life of Alcott and her own three sisters.

Alcott was a feminist and an abolitionist and her views are reflected in her writings. She was also the daughter of a transcendentalist and through her father grew up with intellectuals such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry David Thoreau who also had some influence on her work.

Born: November 29, 1832
Birthplace: Germantown, Pennsylvania, USA
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: March 6, 1888 (aged 55)
Cause of Death: Stroke

Historical Events

  • 1868-10-01 "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott is published in America by Roberts Brothers of Boston
  • 2019-12-07 Greta Gerwig's film adaption of Louisa May Alcott's novel "Little Women" starring Saoirse Ronan premieres at MoMA in New York

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