Happy Birthday Louisa May Alcott!

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littlewomenauthor  Louisa May Alcott was born on November 29, 1832 in Germantown, Pennslyvania. She was the daughter of philosopher and teacher, Bronson Alcott and his wife, Abigail. Louisa and her siblings Anna, Elizabeth and May were educated at home by their parents. Louisa spent her childhood in the cities of Concord and Boston, Massachusetts. It was during this time she developed a life long friendship with both Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.
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Louisa developed a love for the written word and sought to express herself through melodramas which she and her sisters would perform. At a time period in history when women had little opportunity for employment, Louisa began her career as a writer of poetry and short stories which were published in magazines. In 1854 her first book, Flower Fables was published. During the Civil War, Louisa served as a hospital nurse in Washington, D.C. Her book Hospital Sketches, 

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