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Louisa May Alcott was an American writer, best known for her novel Little Women, published in 1868.

Before writing, Alcott helped her parents serve as station masters on the Underground Railroad, and also worked as a seamstress and governess. During the Civil War, she worked as a nurse, and throughout her life was an avid feminist and abolitionist.

Full Name Louisa May Alcott
Who writer
Birth Date November 29, 1832
Death Date March 6, 1888
Country United States
Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Cause of Death stroke
Education n/a
Father Amos Bronson Alcott
Mother Abby May
Spouse none

Anna Alcott Pratt

Elizabeth Sewall Alcott

Abigail May Alcott Nieriker

Children none


Alcott was the great-great-granddaughter of Samuel Sewall, a presiding judge of the Salem Witch Trials.

As a child, Alcott grew up around some of the greatest minds of her day thanks to her father's membership in the Transcendental Club. Family friends included Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Margaret Fuller, and Henry David Thoreau. Emerson even helped the Alcotts buy their home in Concord in 1845. Alcott recieved lessons and education from Thoreau, Hawthorne, and Fuller. Alcott wrote her first book, Flower Fables, in 1849, at the age of 17, for Emerson's daughter, a friend of hers. 

Alcott was a friend of Elizabeth Drew Stoddard and Rebecca Harding Davis.

Alcott was an acquaintance of Louise Chandler Moulton.

How Added - Was reminded of her while creating the category page for the name "Louisa."

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