Did you know?
Alcott wrote several novels under her real name and also penned works under a pseudonym.
Her very first novel, The Inheritance—written when she was 17—wasn’t published until 150 years after she wrote it, when two researchers discovered it in a library in 1997.
Little Women is partly autobiographical. Alcott used many of the events of her own life as fodder for her writing of this and her other novels. In fact, most scholars believe that the character of Jo March closely resembles Louisa May Alcott. It is not unusual for authors to take incidents from their own lives and use them in their fiction.
Celebrate the Birthday of Louisa May Alcott Lisa Fink, 11.24.19
Louisa May Alcott grew up in the company of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Theodore Parker, and Henry David Thoreau.
Louisa May Alcott died of a stroke in 1888. Her health had flagged for decades prior. It was believed that when she volunteered as a nurse after the American Civil War began. She contracted typhoid from unsanitary hospital conditions and was sent home, her health never being the same again. She would write in her journal that she frequently suffered from exhaustion, headaches, nerve issues, and digestive pain. Some modern researchers have found her ailments later in life, may have pointed to symptoms of lupus.