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Barnard and Flora Fairfield American adult and juvenile novelist, short-story writer, poet, essayist, and playwright. The following entry presents an overview of Alcott's career through For further information on her life and works, see CLR, Volumes 1 and This two-volume novel, detailing the lives of the March family, has remained popular for over a century, though many observers consider Little Women the exclusive province of female readers.
In describing the lives of her "Little Women," Alcott championed self-improvement through both intro-spection and hard work; as each of the March girls matures, she learns to recognize her strengths and works toward correcting such faults as temper, selfishness, and vanity. During her lifetime, Alcott spoke publicly on feminist causes, including suffrage, equal pay, and women's right to education.
As a prolific professional author, she also set an important precedent, demonstrating the viability of fiction-writing as a career for women. Both of her parents strongly influenced her education and the development of her social and political views. Her father, Amos Bronson Alcottwas a Transcendentalist philosopher and an educational reformer whose idealistic projects tended to take precedence over his familial and financial responsibilities.
Her mother, Abigail May Alcott, shared her husband's Transcendental ideals but sometimes objected to the failure of this way of life to provide for her family's practical needs. Amos was frequently absent as he traveled the world spreading his philosophical precepts, leaving the family severely impoverished.
Abigail Alcott assumed the role of family financial manager, and she and her daughters pursued practical employment. Louisa, for example, taught school, took in sewing, and worked briefly as a domestic servant; her early experience of poverty and her observation of her father's financial instability may have contributed to her strong desire to achieve a steady income through her writing.
She began writing at age sixteen, and in her first poem was published in Peterson's Magazine under the pseudonym Flora Fairfield. She subsequently published a number of serial stories under the pseudonym A. Barnard, providing her family with a relatively steady and significant source of income.
In Alcott traveled to Washington, D. Although she was forced to return home after she contracted typhoid fever —the treatment for which resulted in mercury poisoning and permanent damage to her health—the brief experience provided material for the book that would become her first major literary success, Hospital Sketches This Civil War memoir was followed by her first novel, Moodswhich sold well despite charges that it was immoral.
Encouraged by the prospect of financial stability, Alcott agreed to assume the editorship of a girls' magazine titled Merry's Museum, for which she composed satires, poems, and advice columns. At the request of her publishers, she also agreed to write a novel for girls, and the publication of her semi-autobiographical novel Little Women proved to be the defining moment of her career.
The success of the novel made Alcott famous, and she was now easily able to support her family with her earnings. Biographers have noted, however, that this success proved to be a mixed blessing for Alcott, who felt restricted by demands for more books written in a similarly domestic style.
She nevertheless accommodated the interests of her readers with three sequels to Little Women: Alcott was a staunch supporter of both Abolition and women's suffrage.
Although her frail health kept her from being as active as she would have liked, she consistently supported and encouraged others' efforts, corresponding and meeting regularly with prominent suffragists and Abolitionists, and by directly addressing the issues in her fiction and nonfiction.
Alcott continued to write juvenile fiction during her later years, although her productivity sharply declined as a result of her failing health.
In addition to writing, she devoted her last years to the care of her father and her young niece Lulu, whose mother Alcott's sister May had died as a result of complications in childbirth.Here is a collection of the all-time best famous Louisa May Alcott poems.
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