Louisa May Alcott

November 29, 1832-March 6, 1888
Germantown, Pennsylvania-Boston, Massachusetts

Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown Pennsylvania on Novermber 29 1832. Her three sisters and her were educated by their father, Bronson Alcott who is a teacher and a philosopher and raised as a Christian of their mother, Abigail May. Louisa spent her childhood in Boston and in Concord, Massachusetts. Her days were enlightened by visiting the Ralph Waldo Emerson's library. One time her family suffered severe financial difficulties and Louisa worked to help support the family at a young age. She died in Boston.

Writing was an early passion for Louisa. She had a rich imagination and often her stories became melodramas that she and her sisters would act out for friends. Her career as an author began with poetry and short stories that appeared in popular magazines. Her first book Flower Fables was published when she was 22. Louisa was 35 years old when her publisher in Boston, Thomas Niles, asked her to write a "book for girls." Her book was called Little Women. Louisa published over 30 books and collections of stories.

Sample Poem:

A Little Bird I Am

'A little bird I am,
Shut from the fields of air,
And in my cage I sit and sing
To Him who placed me there:
Well pleased a prisoner to be,
Because, my God, it pleases Thee!

'Naught have I else to do;
I sing the whole day long;
And He whom most I love to please
Doth listen to my song,
He caught and bound my wandering wing,
But still He bends to hear me sing.'