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(29 November 1832 – 6 March 1888 / Pennsylvania / United States)

Louisa May Alcott
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Louisa May Alcott was an American novelist. She is best known for the novel Little Women, written and set in the Alcott family home, Orchard House in Concord, Massachusetts and published in 1868. This novel is loosely based on her childhood experiences with her three sisters.

In 1840, after several setbacks with the school, the Alcott family moved to a cottage 2 acres (8,100 m2) along the Sudbury River in Concord, Massachusetts. The Alcott family moved to the Utopian Fruitlands community for a brief interval in 1843-1844 and then, after its collapse, to rented rooms and finally to a house in Concord purchased with her mother's inheritance and financial help from Emerson. Alcott's ... more »

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  • ''Housekeeping ain't no joke.''
    Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888), U.S. author. The cook Hannah, in Little Women, pt. 1, ch. 11 (1868).
  • Conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long; even if it is, the consciousness of possessing and using it well should satisfy one, an...
    Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888), U.S. author. Mrs. March, in Little Women, pt. 1, ch. 7 (1868). To her daughter Amy.
  • ''A little kingdom I possess,
    Where thoughts and feelings dwell;
    And very hard the task I find
    Of governing it well.''
    Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888), U.S. author. "My Kingdom," st. 1.
  • ''People don't have fortunes left them in that style nowadays; men have to work and women to marry for money. It's a dreadfully unjust world.''
    Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888), U.S. author. Meg, in Little Women, pt. 1, ch. 15 (1868).
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  • Mike Monahan (8/27/2012 12:25:00 PM)

    Love her poems! ! What a beautiful lady?

  • Delphi Arbor (4/10/2009 8:44:00 PM)

    I gotta read her books. I'm in the middle of Little Women

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