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Louisa May Alcott was born on November 29, 1832 in Germantown, Pennsylvania. Her father was a transcendentalist and teacher, who was acquainted with Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Margaret Fuller among others. Louisa had three sisters, and her experiences with them, formed the basis for the plot of Little Women. Her father was a perfectionist and an extremely strict parent, which often led to conflict. In 1840, the family moved to Concord, Massachusetts, but continued to live in poverty, forcing Louisa to work to support the family as a seamstress, maid and finally writer. As she grew older, Louisa became an anti-slavery advocate and a member of the Underground Railroad. During the Civil War, she served as a nurse in Washington, D. C. Writing under the pseudonym A. M. Barnard, her novels began to make money. Finally, she wrote Little Women and its two sequels which cemented her fame, all of them, based upon her own life. Alcott remained single her entire life, openly stating her love for women, and being an advocate for women’s issues. During her life, she suffered from vertigo, typhoid fever, mercury poisoning and possibly lupus. She died from a stroke on March 6, 1888, at the age of 55, in Boston, two days after her father. She is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, on “Author’s Ridge,” with Emerson, Thoreau and Hawthorne. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
This book is great for any Louisa May Alcott Fan. Even today, some of the situations that Polly goes through are valid and interesting. Read morePublished on April 14 2004 by Meg K.
I have owned all her works and this is my favorite. Even though it was written in the 1800's, it still has sound judgements. Read morePublished on Dec 8 2003 by Jamie Alder
I absolutely loved this book! It is set in Boston in the mid 1800's. Polly comes from a poor but loving family in the country, and finds it hard to keep her own standards while... Read morePublished on May 16 2003 by Kathy Pallotta
Louisa May Alcott is a trustworthy author - you know what you're getting. Although I hadn't read An Old-Fashioned Girl, I gave my sister a copy, thinking it would be a nice way to... Read morePublished on March 12 2003 by Amazon Customer
I would like to say that I'm a big fan of Louisa May Alcott's books, but "An Old-Fashioned Girl" far surpasses them all. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2003
This is my favorite Louisa May Alcott book. And that is really saying something considering how wonderful her books are and that I have read nearly all of them, including recently... Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2002 by Rebecca B. Illnick
"An Old Fashioned Girl" is a wonderful and wholesome read. It is about a 14-22 year old girl named Polly Milton, who is a shy, quiet, but very sweet and sunshiny lass. Read morePublished on Aug. 21 2002 by Caitlin
We just read this aloud in our family. It had been several years since I last read it, and it was good to make acquaintance with it again. Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2002 by J B
I love all Louisa May Alcott's books. I already read Little Women, Little Men, Jo's boys and I mean to read all the other books by Louisa May Alcott. Her books are so charming. Read morePublished on May 16 2002 by Praise Oh