Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott was born on November 29, 1832 in Germantown, Pennsylvania. Born to Amos Bronson Alcott, she also had 3 other sisters. She lived most of her life in Boston and Concord, Mass.

When she found out that her father had no money to provide things for her family, she began to worry. So, she started teaching for a short time. Next, she worked as a housekeeper and finally began writing. Her first books were written quickly.

Then, Alcott volunteered to be a Civil War nurse, where she contracted typhoid and was sent home. But, from this experience her book Hospital Sketches became famous. Soon, her stories were chose to be publicized in the Atlantic Monthly. Even so, her family was still in trouble so she wrote Little Woman. It described her own childhood, as many of her other books have like, A Old Fashion Girl, Aunt Jo 's Scrap Bag, Little Men, Eight Cousins, and Jo 's Boys. Finally, her family was out of welfare. But, she was usually in pain and died on March 6, 1888.

Image courtesy of "The Louisa May Alcott Memorial Association/Orchard House"

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