Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)
The author, feminist, and abolitionist, is best remembered for her story Little Women, published in 1868
Loosely based on Alcott's childhood experience with her three sisters, the boo chronicles the lives of the March family during the Civil War. It was an instant success, due largely to the way readers connect to the characters. Each of the March girls comes of age amidst issues of social inequality, war, poverty, and loss. The book's themes of family, generosity, hard work, and personal growth have enduring through generations, and the book has been translated into more than fifty languages.