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Louisa May Alcott was born in 1832 in Germantown, Pennsylvania, but grew up in Concord, Massachusetts. Educated by her father, the Transcendentalist thinker Bronson Alcott, she was influenced by the prominent men of his circle. Emerson, Hawthorne, Parker and Thoreau. The family was usually short of money, and she worked at various tasks from sewing to writing to help to support it. The Civil War broke out in 1861, and in 1862 she began to work as a volunteer army nurse in a Union Hospital. Out of this came her first book, Hospital Sketches (1863); she went on to write several Gothic romances and thrillers. With the publication of Little Women, her first full-length novel for girls, Alcott leapt from being an obscure, struggling New England writer to becoming the best-selling American author of the century. However, she suffered from ill health aggravated by early deprivation and overwork. Alcott died in Boston in 1888.
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5.0 out of 5 starsGreat Classic28 Nov 2012
By Bryan K - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great classic collection of stories and Louisa May Alcott was an amazing author. They don't make classic stories anymore that you can sit and share with you daughters like the ones Alcott wrote. I recommend this to anyone that wants a way of sharing some short story classics with their children during story time before bed.
5.0 out of 5 starsCute short stories - what an author!2 Sep 2012
By C. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
I must have read the "Brownie and the Princess" story as a youngster because I remembered it as I read along. That was MANY MANY years ago. All of the short stories in this book are easy to read to children and children from about 8 years and up should have very little trouble reading for themselves. I borrowed this book from one of my young students then ended up buying it for my studio so others could read it. What an imagination Miss Alcott had! All the stories are very different and all are equally enjoyable. "Hole in the Wall" is probably my favorite but the one about the dancing silverware is priceless. So descriptive you felt it was all quite possibly happened. This would be an excellent gift for a young reader through teens (and adults who like children's books)