Nov 29: Louisa May Alcott was among the best female authors of her time. The American novelist and poet is popularly known for her novel ‘Little Women’ which inspired millions of people. Google commemorated her birthday picturing a scene from her book. The Google Doodle has all her characters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, who are the characters of her book.
The Doodle was drawn by Google Doodler Sophie Diao on the characters of Little Women. The central character of the book Jo, is seen running between papers flying everywhere. The character is based on Alcott herself.
Little Women is a semi-autobiographical account of her life growing up with her sisters. The book is the journey of the sisters to adulthood while dealing with various problems. Sequels of her popular book, Little Men (1871) and Jo’s Boys had also become popular. The unique identities of the women in the book set female individuality for girls in 1860s. (ALSO READ- Children’s Day 2016: 5 classic books every child must read)
She was also a famous feminist and campaigned for the abolition of slavery. Alcott was born in 1832 in Pennsylvania and enjoyed an unusual life as her father embraced unconventional teaching techniques. After the family moved to Boston, Alcott grew up among intellectuals of the Transcendentalist Movement. They promoted intuition and goodness over rationality and evidence.
Alcott took up various jobs from a young age due to financial crunch in the family. She has worked as a seamstress and teacher among other things. In 1861, during American Civil War, she also worked as a nurse. It was her books for children that gained her success. Alcott never married, unlike her character in the books. She also never fell in love with any man and died at 55 from a stroke.