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Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown PA on Nov 29 1832 and she was the second daughter of Abigail May and Amos Bronson Alcott She had an older sister Anna and two younger sisters Elizabeth and May The family moved to Boston MA in 1834 where her father set up an experimental school that failed because of the lack of students Since the Alcotts were relatively poor Ralph Waldo Emerson financially supported them while they moved to Concord MA Amos and Abigail were both progressive educators and part of the Transcendental Movement in America so they instructed Louisa and her three sisters in this progressive educational style Her father advised Louisa to keep a journal She began this journal at a very young age and kept with it until her last days on earth The journal was open to inspection by her father and mother Mrs Alcott would often write little notes to her daughter Louisa included poetry and letters in her entries as well as comments to her sisters and mother This journal helped lead her into her literary careerLouisa wrote poems novels and short stories most of which were published Some of her early work was written under the pen name Flora Fairchild Her most well known work was Little Women which was based on her own life Marmee is her mother Meg is her sister Anna Jo is Louisa herself Beth is her younger sister Elizabeth and Amy is her youngest sister May In real life the sisters would act out elaborate scenes in an old barn or by the stream just like they did in Little WomenLouisa May Alcotts career was not restricted to writing Beginning in her late teens she worked as a teacher for several years and off-and-on as a seamstress In 1867 Louisa became the editor of Merrys Museum a childrens magazine Louisa Alcott also was an avid social reformer Abolition temperance and educational reform were among
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