Little Women

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This is a Little Women study guide.  The book is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888). The book was written and set in the Alcott family home, Orchard House, in Concord, Massachusetts.

Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1832.  Her parents, Abba May and Bronson Alcott had four daughters of which she was the second.  Raised in Concord Massachusetts, Alcott was educated by her father who was a preacher and social reformer.  Because of her father, she encountered writers such as Emerson, Hawthorne, and Thoreau.  While growing up, like the March sisters, she worked at sewing, teaching, domestic service, and writing to make money for her family.  In 1862, she began working as an army nurse for the Union during the Civil War.  From the experiences she had doing that, Alcott published her first successful book, Hospital Sketches (1863).  Between 1863 and 1869 she published several Gothic romances and thrillers under a different name.  In 1869, using stories from her life growing up with her three sisters, Alcott published Little Women.  The book brought her fame, money, and inspiration to continue her writing.

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