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Louisa May Alcott. 1832-1888. Childhood. Born in 1832 in Pennsylvania Her father was Amos Bronson Alcott, a well-known transcendentalist Her mother was Abigail May Alcott, a women’s suffrage advocate - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Louisa May Alcott

1832-1888Louisa May Alcott

ChildhoodBorn in 1832 in Pennsylvania Her father was Amos Bronson Alcott, a well-known transcendentalist Her mother was Abigail May Alcott, a womens suffrage advocateThe family moved to Massachusetts in 1834 and her father became a member of the Transcendental Club with Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau Most of her education came from her father, though she also received lessons from the likes of Thoreau, Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Margaret Fuller

Orchard House in Concord, MA

Young AdulthoodLouisa was an abolitionist and a feminist, even housing a fugitive slave for a week in 1847Poverty forced her to begin working at the age of 15SeamstressTeacherDomestic helperWriterShe vowed, "I will do something by and by. Dont care what, teach, sew, act, write, anything to help the family; and Ill be rich and famous and happy before I die, see if I wont!"Her first book, Flower Fables, was published in 1849It was a collection of stories originally written for Ralph Waldo Emersons daughterShe also published many poems and stories under various pen names, such as Flora Fairfield and A. M. Barnard

MidlifeShe began writing for the Atlantic Monthly in 1860When the Civil War broke out, Louisa served as a Union nurse in Georgetown, D.C. for six weeks (1862-1863)Her letters home were compiled, revised, and published as Hospital Sketches (1863)She received critical praise for itBecame editor of a girls magazine, Merrys Museum, in 1868Literary SuccessLittle Women was published in 1869 and provided Louisa with financial successHer published requested that she write a book for girlsBased on Louisa and her sisters coming of age during the Civil War in New EnglandJo, the protagonist, is based on herselfSpawned several sequels, including Good Wives, Little Men, and Jos BoysPublished several other novels, including:Eight CousinsRose in BloomUnder the LilacsJack and JillShe died in 1888, just two days after her father