Louisa May Alcott: Brief Biography

Here is a brief biography of Louisa May Alcott, beloved author wrote

Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania on November 29,1832, the daughter of A. Bronson Alcott and Abigail May. During her childhood the family migrated to Concord, Massachusetts. Although much of her youth was lived in poverty, Louisa's early surroundings were of a highly intellectual and literary character, and she naturally took to writing while she was very young. While her father was a very intelligent man, he was an idealist and didn't fair too well in providing for his family. Her mother, was of a fine family lineage and was a woman of incredible stamina, wisdom, and love. It was Abigail Alcott who kept the family together, encouraging the failing husband in his moments of depression, and making ends meet by accepting menial work. She became an inspiration and role model to the young Louisa

Louisa began work at an early age due to the family's low income. To help support the family she taught school, served as a governess, worked as a domestic servant, traveling companion, and took in work as a seamstress. She would go on to use these experiences later in life in her novels.

Becoming tired of menial labor, Louisa began to write exciting stories, such as thrillers, for the local papers. At this time she wrote mostly anonymously or using a pseudonym. While this type of writing was financially profitable, her conscience was not easy in this matter, and she abandoned the writing of such tales. Instead, she began writing from her experiences and her confidence began to grow.



In1865, Louisa became the companion to and invalid lady and traveled to Europe. This trip supplied her with material for writing travel pieces. Upon her return, she was again obliged to earn a wage, due to her families debts and needs, so she continued her writing. In 1867 she turned to the juvenile field and accepted the editorship of Merry's Museum, a girls' magazine. With accepting this job, she moved to Boston.

In 1866 Louisa was requested to write a novel for adolescent girls by the Roberts Brothers publishing firm. They wanted a novel for girls along the same lines as those for boys written by Oliver Optic. With her family's encouragement, Louisa set to work on such a novel. She had keen powers of observation and a sensitivity to adolescence that proved to be a winning combination. She used her personal experiences and faith in God to form the plot of her book. In fact, the cast of characters for her novel, "Little Women", came from her own family.

"Little Women" was an immediate success. Letters poured in from thousands of young ladies who were touched by the book and especially the character of Jo March. It reached a sale of 87,000 in three years. Louisa followed up this work with "An Old Fashioned Girl" and "Little Men". Other works that followed were "Aunt Jo's Scrap Bag", in six volumes, "Modern Mephistopheles", "Proverb Stories", "Spinning Wheel Stories", "Jo's boys", and "A Garland for Girls". She also wrote "Hospital Sketches", which was her last record of her own experiences in ministering to the sick and wounded.

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