Alcott wrote many other highly acclaimed works in her time and was an active supporter of the womens suffrage and abolition movements, but it is her wholesome tales penned from her own experiences growing up that she is best remembered.
Alcott had become friends with fellow transcendentalists Ralph Waldo Emerson, whose vast library she regularly frequented, and Henry David Thoreau, whom she accompanied on walks in the countryside.
Alcotts mother Abigail had died in 1877 and in 1878 her sister May married and had a daughter named after her, Louisa `Lulu May. May died a year later.
The characters are based on Louisa and her sisters, and each of these “little women” wrestles with an inner flaw: Meg (Anna Alcott in real life) with vanity, Beth (Elizabeth) with excessive gentleness and timidity, Jo (Louisa) with a hot temper, and Amy (May) with selfishness.
Alcott devoted the last years of her life to her writing, to caring for one of her nieces, and to the temperance movement, which worked to prohibit the drinking of alcohol.
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