ALCOTT, LOUISA MAY.
Born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, 1832; died in Boston, 1888.
As the daughter of the Concord philosopher, Louisa May Alcott
spent her youth in association with her father's friends, Emerson, Thoreau,
William Ellery Channing, Margaret
Fuller, and others who made the period memorable. Fortunately,
however, for the family of the philosopher, her talents ran in
a more practical channel, and after trying her hand at many occupations,
she found her true gift in writing stories for the young. Her
work in this field still maintains its supremacy, particularly
"Little Women," which has become a classic of children's
This biographical note is reprinted
from The Little Book of American Poets: 1787-1900. Ed.
Jessie B. Rittenhouse. Cambridge: Riverside Press, 1915.