November 29 Birthday: THE LIFE OF LOUISA MAY ALCOTT

Louisa May Alcott
November 29, 182 – March 6, 1888

LOUISA: THE LIFE OF LOUISA MAY ALCOTT
by Yona Zeldis McDonough
illustrated by Bethanne Andersen
(Henry Holt and Co, 2009)

When Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women was published in 1868 it
was an instant success. Louisa drew on her experiences in writing the
novel, but there’s a lot more to her rags-to-riches story. Louisa came
from a family that was poor but freethinking, and she started teaching
when she was only seventeen years old. But writing was her passion. This
informative biography captures the life of a compassionate woman who
left an indelible mark on literature for all ages.

For more information about Louisa May Alcott, see the Louisa May Alcott Orchard House website.

November 29 Birthday: Louisa May Alcott: LOUISA MAY’S BATTLE

Louisa May Alcott
November 29, 1832 to March 6, 1888

LOUISA MAY’S BATTLE: HOW THE CIVIL WAR LED TO LITTLE WOMEN
by Kathleen Krull
Illustrated by Carlyn Beccia
(Walker Books, 2013)

Louisa May Alcott is best known for penning Little Women, but few
are aware of the experience that influenced her writing most-her time
as a nurse during the Civil War. Caring for soldiers’ wounds and writing
letters home for them inspired a new realism in her work. When her own
letters home were published as Hospital Sketches, she had her first success as a writer. The acclaim for her new writing style inspired her to use this approach in Little Women,
which was one of the first novels to be set during the Civil War. It
was the book that made her dreams come true, and a story she could never
have written without the time she spent healing others in service of
her country.

Learn more about Louisa May Alcott’s life here:   http://www.louisamayalcott.org/louisamaytext.html

November 29 Birthday: Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott, writer
Nov. 29, 1832-Mar. 6, 1888


Lives of the Writers: Comedies, Tragedies (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt (Harcourt, 1994)

Based on her own childhood with her three sisters in Concord, Massachusetts, Alcott’s most famous work, Little Women was followed by other classics such as Little Men, Jo’s Boys, and Eight Cousins. Alcott also wrote works for adults.

Visit Orchard House, where Alcott lived when writing Little Women.