Thursday, August 20, 2009
Alcott's Little Women & Little Men!
Louisa May Alcott would have loved this backyard book reading. This is a 1960's picture of my sister Connie reading her favorite book, Little Women, to our little brother Jimmy. You can see they are both quite enchanted with the stories! (Note the placement of the lawn chairs built by our father...looks like a great way to stretch out in the summer sun, doesn't it?)
Louisa May Alcott (Nov 29, 1831-Mar 6, 1888) wrote her books during the American civil war. She was an abolitionist and a feminist who spoke her mind at every turn of the day! She went to work early in life due to the family's poor financial situation, spending time as a teacher, a seamstress, and a governess.
In 1860, she began writing for the Atlantic Monthly and then spent a short time in a civil war hospital, Union Hospital in Georgetown, D.C. helping as a nurse. Her letters home from this period were later published in the Commonwealth. Her many books are probably familiar to all of us who grew up with her stories of Little Women.