Alcott, Louisa May ___ 1832-1888 ___ American ___ writer

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, and spent her childhood in Boston and in Concord, Massachusetts. She was schooled, with three sisters, at home by her father, a New England Transcendentalist. As a youngster she visited Ralph Waldo Emerson's library, and knew Henry David Thoreau. She started writing early, mostly poetry and short stories. 'Flower Fables', her first book, was published when she was just 22. In 1862, Alcott went to Washington to work as a nurse during the Civil War, but nearly died from typhoid. She never recovered full health again. A book of her letters at the time, though, called 'Hospital Letters' brought her a first taste of literary fame. She began writing stories for 'Atlantic Monthly'. Her most famous work, 'Little Women', written in 1868 is still popular today. Alcott published over 30 books and collections of stories. From an early age she kept a secret diary not intended for publication.
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1843-1888 ___ literary travel childhood family

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Houghton Library, Harvard University

SOME PUBLISHED TITLES
Louisa May Alcott: her life, letters, and journals
The Girlhood Diary of Louisa May Alcott
 

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