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Louisa May Alcott

The home of Louisa May Alcott in Concord, Massachusetts, has thousands of visitors every year. Her book Little Women is one of the most popular books ever written for girls. It tells the story of four sisters. It is really a story of the Alcott family, and one of the sisters is the author herself.

As a child, Louisa wrote plays in which she was the leading actress. Her three sisters and the neighbour children took the other parts. Ralph Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne, both famous writers were among the neighbours of the Alcotts.

Louisa’s father was never much of a money maker. When Louisa was only 15, she began helping support the family. During the daytime, when she was sewing or taking care of children, she planned stories. At night she wrote them down. She sold her first story when she was 16. Her first book was a collection of fairy tales.

Louisa had been writing for nearly 20 years when her publishers asked her to write a book just for girls. At first she did not want to but finally she agreed and wrote Little Women. No one was more surprised than Louisa that it became so popular. It was followed by a series of stories much like it.