Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott wrote 17 novels and many other articles and short stories, but perhaps she is best known for Little Women. The story of the Marches is very like the story of the Alcotts. People will remember that the Marches loved putting on plays, and that it was tomboyish Jo who wrote them. We remember that Beth died from scarlet fever, and that Amy was not at home when she died. We remember that Meg was always the lady. These four girls are the fictional doubles of Anna, Lousia, May, and Lizzie. The Alcotts, like the Marches, loved putting on plays in their barn, and in their kitchen. Louisa wrote them, and the neighbors were often the audience. Lizzie did die from complications of scarlet fever, and May was not there. Louisa was the nurse for poor Lizzie, just as Jo nursed poor Beth. Even Anna’s husband, John Pratt, has his fictional double, John Brooke. As for Laurie, he seems to be a mix of all the boys that Louisa knew and cared about. Louisa herself never married.
Louisa’s published works are as follows:
Flower Fables (1885)
Hospital Sketches (1863)
Moods (1864)
Little Women, Part I (1868)
Little Women, Part II (1869)
Old Fashioned Girl (1870)
Little Men (1871)
Work (1873)
Eight Cousins (1875)
Rose In Bloom (1876)
Under the Lilacs (1876)
Jack & Jill (1880)
Jo’s Boys (1886)
Lulu’s Library, Part I (1886)
A Garland for Girls (1887)
Lulu’s Library, Part II (1887)
Lulu’s Library, Part III (1889)

A certain James T. Fields once said to Louisa, “Stick to teaching. You can’t write.” Louisa was not easily discouraged. She kept trying, and when Little Women was published, she sent a note to James T. Fields, teasing him for not knowing a born writer when he saw one.

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