Writers Quote Wednesday: Louisa May Alcott

Alcott quote

Born in 1832, Louisa May Alcott was an American novelist best known for her books, Little Women, Little Men, and Jo’s Boys.  She grew up in New England among well-known intellectuals and writers of the day including Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau.

Photo credit: wikipedia.com
Photo credit: wikipedia.com

Although most Americans know her as a writer, she also worked as a nurse during the Civil War and was an abolitionist and an advocate of women’s suffrage.  Prior to the Civil War, she and her family served as station masters on the Underground Railroad, helping slaves escape to freedom in the North. When the state of Massachusetts passed a law in 1879 allowing women to vote in some town elections, Alcott became the first woman in Concord, Massachusetts to register to vote. She continued to vote and to encourage other women to vote until her death at age 55.

By the time she died in 1888, Alcott had written at least 14 novels under her own name, three novels under the pen name A.M. Barnard, one novel published anonymously, a collection of 66 short stories for children (published in six volumes), and at least seven other short stories and novelettes.


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5 thoughts on “Writers Quote Wednesday: Louisa May Alcott

  1. I love her writing because she gives us a glimpse into what life was like during the civil war years. Great quote too. I think she would have loved WordPress and our ability to express ideas freely. Thanks for sharing. ❤


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