Contributions Of Louisa May Alcott

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“Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable"- Louisa May Alcott. There are so many novels that have changed American literature because of their authors. One of which is Louisa May Alcott. Examples of her work consist of Little Women, Hospital Sketches, Little Men, and so many more. These novels all have their own personal story and genre. Although Alcott was raised in poverty, she proved to be an incredibly inspiring American author because of her realism and the variety of her writing. May Alcott was a passionate, driven lady that was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, on November 29th, 1832. Her family and friends consisted of, “Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Theodore Parker” (Louisa 1). These wise, educated men were Alcott’s mentors growing up. She looked up to them for their knowledge of academics. She, herself, was educated by “her father, Amos Alcott until 1848” (Louisa 1). She got some of her inspiration for her writing growing up. Some influences of her writing came from being “...a nurse during the Civil War” (Kellman 39). This tramatic experience gave her audience a unique perspective and it also helped the story seem sensible. Her audience felt like they were actually at war because of her talent in writing literature. Also, her experiences with “poverty provided not only content and substance of much of her later writing..”(Kellman 40). These experiences shaped and molded her writing to be supremely
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