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Louisa May Alcott

Alcott at about age 25
Alcott at about age 25

Born

November 29, 1832Germantown, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Died

March 6, 1888 Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

Pen name

A. M. Barnard

Occupation

Novelist

Period

American Civil War

Genre

Prose, poetry

Subject

Young adult fiction

Notable works

Little Women

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Louisa May Alcott was an American novelist and poet best known as the author of the novel Little Women and its sequels Little Men and Jo's Boys . Raised in New England by her transcendentalist parents, Abigail May and Amos Bronson Alcott, she grew up among many of the well-known intellectuals of the day, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Alcott's family suffered from financial difficulties, and while she worked to help support the family from an early age, she also sought an outlet in writing. She began to receive critical success for her writing in the 1860s. Early in her career, she sometimes used the pen name A. M. Barnard, under which she wrote novels for young adults that focused on spies and revenge.

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Have regular hours for work and play make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be delightful, old age will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success. - Louisa May Alcott

Have regular hours for work and play make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be delightful, old age will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success.

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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

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.

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Happy is the son whose faith in his mother remains unchallenged. - Louisa May Alcott

Happy is the son whose faith in his mother remains unchallenged.

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Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen the more select, the more enjoyable. - Louisa May Alcott

Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen the more select, the more enjoyable.

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You have a good many little gifts and virtues, but there is no need of parading them, for conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long, and the great charm of all power is modesty. - Louisa May Alcott

You have a good many little gifts and virtues, but there is no need of parading them, for conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long, and the great charm of all power is modesty.

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Painful as it may be, a significant emotional event can be the catalyst for choosing a direction that serves us - and those around us - more effectively. Look for the learning. - Louisa May Alcott

Painful as it may be, a significant emotional event can be the catalyst for choosing a direction that serves us - and those around us - more effectively. Look for the learning.

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I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship. - Louisa May Alcott

I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship.

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What do girls do who haven't any mothers to help them through their troubles? - Louisa May Alcott

What do girls do who haven't any mothers to help them through their troubles?

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Money is the root of all evil, and yet it is such a useful root that we cannot get on without it any more than we can without potatoes. - Louisa May Alcott

Money is the root of all evil, and yet it is such a useful root that we cannot get on without it any more than we can without potatoes.

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People don't have fortunes left them in that style nowadays men have to work and women to marry for money. It's a dreadfully unjust world. - Louisa May Alcott

People don't have fortunes left them in that style nowadays men have to work and women to marry for money. It's a dreadfully unjust world.

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We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving, and we all have the power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing. - Louisa May Alcott

We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving, and we all have the power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing.

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Conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long even if it is, the consciousness of possessing and using it well should satisfy one, and the great charm of all power is modesty. - Louisa May Alcott

Conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long even if it is, the consciousness of possessing and using it well should satisfy one, and the great charm of all power is modesty.

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Let my name stand among those who are willing to bear ridicule and reproach for the truth's sake, and so earn some right to rejoice when the victory is won. - Louisa May Alcott

Let my name stand among those who are willing to bear ridicule and reproach for the truth's sake, and so earn some right to rejoice when the victory is won.

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Do the things you know, and you shall learn the truth you need to know. - Louisa May Alcott

Do the things you know, and you shall learn the truth you need to know.

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Women have been called queens for a long time, but the kingdom given them isn't worth ruling. - Louisa May Alcott

Women have been called queens for a long time, but the kingdom given them isn't worth ruling.

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I like to help women help themselves, as that is, in my opinion, the best way to settle the woman question. Whatever we can do and do well we have a right to, and I don't think any one will deny us. - Louisa May Alcott

I like to help women help themselves, as that is, in my opinion, the best way to settle the woman question. Whatever we can do and do well we have a right to, and I don't think any one will deny us.

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