Louisa May Alcott (1832 - 1888) is an American author best known for "Little Women," a semi-autobiographical novel about four sisters growing up in New England during the Civil War. In addition to her books and short stories, Alcott worked for social reform such as suffrage (women's voting rights) and temperance (anti-drinking.)
The Louisa May Alcott Page at American Literature includes a short bio, and the entire text of three of her books "(Little Men", "Little Women" and "Jo's Boys") and seventeen of her short stories. While I am not a fan of reading novels online (except in homework emergencies), the online short stories are great. Other literary classics, from authors such as Jack London, Edgar Allen Poe and O. Henry, can be found by returning to the American Literature homepage.
"Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead. " Louisa May Alcott's quotes provide glimpses into her beliefs and personality. BrainyQuote provides a page full of them, along with a biography, and links to quotes from other novelists.
"Louisa May Alcott" is a television documentary that is still in production. The companion website, however, is finished and fabulous. Visit for the Alcott biography, a timeline putting an historical backdrop to Alcott's life, the image gallery, and the links collection. "The Alcotts were staunch abolitionists, supporting complete racial equality, including intermarriage. As part of the Underground Railroad, they risked their own freedom hiding fugitive slaves. Seven year-old Louisa once opened an unused oven to discover a frightened fugitive inside."
The Orchard House is the historic Alcott home in Concord, MA where Louisa May Alcott
wrote "Little Women." If you are not in the neighborhood, then you don't need directions or parking instructions. But you can enjoy the online tours (don't miss the Virtual Panoramas) where you can see the half-moon writing desk that Amos Bronson Alcott built for his daughter. Be sure to also stop by Alcott Wit and Wisdom, for seasonal quotes from the Alcott family.
"'Little Women' is a coming of age story of four sisters in Civil War New England. Together they face hardships and poverty all the while trying to reach their Castles in the Air. More than that however, 'Little Women' is a morality tale." Novel Guide takes us on a tour of "Little Women" with chapter summaries, character profiles, metaphor analysis, theme analysis, quotes and a biography of Louisa May Alcott. But don't even think about plagiarizing from here for your school report. Your teacher also knows about this site!