From Luisa´s official site.
Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania on November 29, 1832. She and her three sisters, Anna, Elizabeth and May were educated by their father, philosopher/ teacher, Bronson Alcott and raised on the practical Christianity of their mother, Abigail May.
For Louisa, writing was an early passion. She had a rich imagination and often her stories became melodramas that she and her sisters would act out for friends. Louisa preferred to play the "lurid" parts in these plays, "the villains, ghosts, bandits, and disdainful queens.
When Louisa was 35 years old, her publisher Thomas Niles in Boston asked her to write "a book for girls." Little Women was written at Orchard House from May to July 1868. The novel is based on Louisa and her sisters’ coming of age and is set in Civil War New England. Jo March was the first American juvenile heroine to act from her own individuality; a living, breathing person rather than the idealized stereotype then prevalent in children’s fiction.
In all, Louisa published over 30 books and collections of stories. She died on March 6, 1888, only two days after her father, and is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord.
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When I was around 12 years old my dad used to buy me a book a month. All from the Robin Hood collection with its characteristic yellow background hard covers. :)
One of them was "An old fashioned girl". It so talked to me I started introducing myself as Polly, the main character. A girl kinder than Lassie (this is Spanglish, I traduced a local saying "Es más bueno que Lassie"), who suffered for love but got her reward at the end. *Sigh* I read that one countless times. I still have that book even if it lost its spine somewhere years ago.