Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott is known as the author of Little Women and is not usually associated with the Appalachian Region. She was born in 1832 in Germantown Pennsylvania, the second of four daughters.

Her childhood was extremely poor but apparently happy. She was educated at home. As a young woman she worked as a seamstress, teacher and domestic servant, and published short stories under pen names. She served as a nurse during the Civil War and contracted typhoid.

The turning point of her career came with the publication of Little Women, followed by a series of popular books and articles. She edited a magazine and was active in the temperance and women’s suffrage movements. She was a celebrity in her day and supported her entire family.

She died in 1888.