Louisa May Alcott Contributions

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Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott was a nineteenth century American author who wrote short stories, novels, and poems. She was a feminist pioneer who believed in the rights for women. She made it clear through her characters in Little Women which is one of her mostly known works till this day. The novel shows women's struggle between family duty and personal growth, the danger of gender stereotyping, the necessity of work, and the importance of being genuine. Louisa May Alcott was born on November 29, 1832 in Germantown, Pennsylvania but, raised in Concord, Massachusetts. She lived with her three sisters, mother, and father. Money was scares in the the Alcott household but education was rich and very important to them. Her education came from her father who was a transcendentalist tutored her until age sixteen. She later studied under David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Theodore Parker who were also big in the transcendentalist movement and influencers for her to become a novelist. Louisa’s writing career began when she was a tutor for Emerson’s daughter, Ellen. Her first book was written for Ellen and was called Flowers Fables. The book was a collection of fairy tales and was published when Alcott was twenty-three. She had intention in becoming a children’s writer but the style came naturally to her. She originally started by making sentimental and thriller stories for an adult magazines to make money for her family who, at the time, had financial troubles.
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