Today is the birthday anniversary of Louisa May Alcott, author of one of my favorite novels, Little Women. Born on November 29, 1832, Louisa lived near other famous authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry Thoreau during the Transcendentalist movement in New England. Her life was fascinating and unconventional for its day. For instance, she chose not to get married because she wanted her freedom, and she was the first woman to register to vote in Concord, Massachusetts. While she was a prolific writer and had published numerous stories (including novels under the pseudonym A.M. Barnard), Louisa earned the most recognition for Little Women, which was loosely based on her own childhood. This popular novel was the Harry Potter of its day, published after the Civil War, at a time when children’s literature was a new and emerging market. Each chapter contains not only a story, but a moral, and these life lessons are as true today as they were in the mid-19th century. The values of hard work, giving to others, and staying positive under difficult circumstances are just a few of the lessons that challenged the March girls in this poignant novel.
So if you’re looking for a good book to read during this holiday season, why not return to a timeless classic? Many fans of Little Women have read this novel again and again, and I can see why. The characters are endearing and Jo March is an inspirational protagonist, modeled after Louisa, herself. She is strong-willed yet tender-hearted; independent yet fiercely loyal, especially to her family. To learn more about Louisa and Little Women, check out the blog Louisa May Alcott is my Passion.