Louisa May Alcott

1832 - 1888

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Louisa May Alcott (; November 29, 1832 – March 6, 1888) was an American novelist, short story writer, and poet best known as the author of the novel Little Women (1868) and its sequels Little Men (1871) and Jo's Boys (1886). Raised in New England by her transcendentalist parents, Abigail May and Amos Bronson Alcott, she grew up among many 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, Alcott sometimes used pen names such as A. M. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Louisa May Alcott has received more than 6,004,218 page views. Her biography is available in 65 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 57 in 2019). Louisa May Alcott is the 455th most popular writer (up from 975th in 2019), the 463rd most popular biography from United States (up from 1,064th in 2019) and the 49th most popular American Writer.

Louisa May Alcott is most famous for her novel Little Women, which follows the lives of four sisters as they grow up in the American Civil War.

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Among writers, Louisa May Alcott ranks 455 out of 5,794Before her are William S. Burroughs, Pierre de Marivaux, Henri Barbusse, Sayyid Qutb, Lysias, and Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy. After her are Herta Müller, Joris-Karl Huysmans, Harold Pinter, Tulsidas, Wu Cheng'en, and Thomas Paine.

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Among people born in 1832, Louisa May Alcott ranks 11Before her are Wilhelm Wundt, Gustave Doré, Maximilian I of Mexico, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Edward Burnett Tylor, and William Crookes. After her are Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld, Ivan Shishkin, José Echegaray, George, King of Saxony, Grand Duke Michael Nikolaevich of Russia, and Ármin Vámbéry. Among people deceased in 1888, Louisa May Alcott ranks 6Before her are William I, German Emperor, Frederick III, German Emperor, John Bosco, Rudolf Clausius, and Carl Zeiss. After her are Duke Maximilian Joseph in Bavaria, John Stith Pemberton, Nikolay Przhevalsky, Charles-Valentin Alkan, François Achille Bazaine, and Ascanio Sobrero.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Louisa May Alcott ranks 463 out of 15,968Before her are Edgar Cayce (1877), Franklin Pierce (1804), William McKinley (1843), Warren G. Harding (1865), John Coltrane (1926), and James Coburn (1928). After her are Kim Basinger (1953), Milton H. Erickson (1901), Roy Scheider (1932), Mickey Rourke (1952), Barbara McClintock (1902), and Ernest Lawrence (1901).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Louisa May Alcott ranks 49Before her are Thomas Wolfe (1900), Kurt Vonnegut (1922), Sylvia Plath (1932), Tom Clancy (1947), Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875), and William S. Burroughs (1914). After her are T. S. Eliot (1888), Theodore Dreiser (1871), Susan Sontag (1933), Tennessee Williams (1911), Sidney Sheldon (1917), and Mary Higgins Clark (1927).