Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott was a 19th century American novelist best known as author of the novel Little Women and its sequels Little Men and Jo's Boys. Raised by transcendentalist parents, Alcott grew up among many of the well-known intellectuals of the day, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau. Her own family was poor, and Alcott played an important role in supporting the family financially through her writing. Early in her career, she wrote the sort of "sensationalist" stories that are alluded to in Little Women, enjoying some financial success through those stories.
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