Great American Authors – Louisa May Alcott

by jeanineoloughlin

July is the month we celebrate the United States’ Independence Day. So this month I will be posting about some of America’s greatest authors.

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Louisa May Alcott 11/29/1832 – 3/6/1888

Best known as author of the novel Little Women and it’s sequels. Raised by transcendentalist parents in New England Louisa grew up among many intellectuals of the day such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau. Much of her transcendentalist upbringing and her father’s ideals regarding education were highly influencial to Louisa and her writings.

Louisa’s most famous novel Little Women was originally published in 1868 and 1869 as two volumes. Many of the characters within the book were based on Louisa’s own family and friends. The book was immediately a commercial and critical success selling out it’s first printing and a demand for a second volume and were released as a single novel in 1888. The book tells the lives of four sisters and their mother as they face hardships and growing up together as a family and individuals. It’s a greatly inspiring book as the characters face down adversity and make a great impression of men and women of all ages.

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