Alcott was born on November 29, 1832, in Germantown at Pine Place, 5425 Germantown Avenue, to Amos Bronson and Abigail May Alcott. Louisa served as a nurse in Union hospital at Georgetown during the Civil War. Later in 1863 Hospital Sketches was published from the letters she wrote during this period. In 1867 she edited a children's magazine called Merry's Museum.
Alcott found her greatest success with Little Women, published in 1898. She released a second volume the next year. Her other works include An Old Fashioned Girl (1870), Little Men (1871), Aunt Jo's Scrap Bag (6 vols., 1872-82), and Jo's Boys (1886).
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