Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Did You Know? Louisa May Alcott

After my fascinating conversation with Jo March yesterday, I thought it would be fun to go in search of some fun facts related to the author of Little Women, Louisa May Alcott. Here's what I was able to find out.

Did You Know...

  • Little Women was published in two volumes? The first, Little Women, was published in 1868, and the second, Little Wives, was published in 1869.
  • The book was one of the first novels to portray women as independent and strong-minded? It's views were decades ahead of its time.
  •  Little Women was popular with women of many different social backgrounds because there was something in there that everyone could relate to?
  • The book opened up a new market of young women and girl readers?
  • Growing up in New England, Louisa May Alcott and her family were transcendentalists? They rubbed elbows with folks like Emerson, Hawthorne, and Thoreau.
  • When she first started writing, she used the pen name of A.M. Barnard?
  • During the Civil War, she spent six weeks as a nurse in a field hospital in Washington?
  • The character of Jo is based on Louisa May Alcott?
  • While serving in the field hospital during the war, she contracted typhoid fever?
  • She died in 1888 at the age of 55, just two days after her father?

Interesting stuff, that. Now, here's the trailer from the 1994 film version of Little Women. I have to admit that I love this movie--there's so much great stuff going on, and it's very well done!


  1. I love the book and the movie. I learned a ton about the author here. Thanks for enlightening me! Imagine the conversations those writers had together! WOW!

    1. Yes, what a great influence for someone just starting to write. Some authors led such fascinating lives! Thanks for reading!

  2. Did you know that your Mother read "Little Women" 42 times between 3rd grade
    and 6th grade. It was my go-to book when the library was closed or I ran
    out of reading material!

    1. Now that's something I never knew mom. Thanks for sharing!