Louisa May Alcott Biography

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Louisa May Alcott wrote in one of her journals, “Painful as it may be, a significant emotional event can be the catalyst for choosing a direction that serves us––and those around us––more effectively” (Bolton, Martha). Louisa went through many life-altering events and struggles throughout her life. These events largely shaped who she was as an author; Louisa actually wrote many of her stories about her childhood experiences. Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, on November 29, 1832 (“Louisa May Alcott.” Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House). Louisa was the second daughter of Abba May and Amos Bronson Alcott, and she had three sisters: Anna, Elizabeth, and Abigail Alcott (Boston Roberts Brothers). Louisa and her sisters were…show more content…
She had written many letters to her family during the war; she later used these letters to write her book Hospital Sketches––a true story based on her letters about her time as a nurse. Louisa knew that she wanted to pursue writing as a career after Hospital Sketches was published in 1863. In 1868, Louisa wrote a book based on the coming of age stories of her and her sisters and titled it Little Women (“Louisa May Alcott.” Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House). She wrote this book because family needs were dire, but it was so widely popular that Louisa was given financial security and independence and a lifetime writing career (“Louisa May Alcott.” Biography.com). Louisa went on a tour throughout Europe in 1870, as well as a few brief tours in New York, before settling down in Boston and Concord to care for her mother and her increasingly helpless father. Louisa spent more than five years caring for her mother before she passed away in 1877, and another ten years caring for her father (“Louisa May Alcott: American Author.”). Most of Louisa’s novels were directed towards young adults, but she did try her hand at writing adult novels––including Work (1873) and Modern Mephistopheles (1877)–– but they weren’t quite as popular. Little Women (1868), Little Men (1871), Eight Cousins (1875), and Jo’s Boys (1886) were among her most popular young adult novels (“Louisa May Alcott.” Biography.com). Louisa May Alcott wrote and published more than thirty books and collections of short stories and poems before passing away on March 6, 1888, just two days after her father. She was later buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord,
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