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"Women have been called queens for a long time, but the kingdom given them isn't worth ruling."Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) was a 19th century American novelist, best known for having penned Little Women and its sequels. Raised by transcendentalist parents in New England, she was well-acquainted with many other intellectuals of her time such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. The events of Little Women were heavily inspired by her own life; Jo March, the protagonist, is based on Alcott herself.In adulthood, Alcott was both a feminist and an abolitionist. She was part of a group of female authors during the Gilded Age, who addressed women's issues through their work. She served as a nurse during the American Civil War, suffering from typhoid fever during the experience, and it believed that she may also have had lupus. She continued to write until her death at the age of 55, and was buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery on the hillside known as "Author's Ridge."Alcott is usually today held to be Ambiguously Gay; she never married, was a tomboy in an age when that was not accepted, and wrote in at least one private letter that she has fallen in love with a lot of girls but no men.
—From her novel An Old-Fashioned Girl
Works by Louisa May Alcott with their own trope pages include:
Other works by Louisa May Alcott provide examples of: