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Louisa May Alcott

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Date
c. 1872
Object number
S/NPG.77.139
Exhibition Label
Born Germantown, Pennsylvania
Louisa May Alcott began writing as a young child and turned her facility into a career in her teens when her father, utopian theorist Bronson Alcott, left her family in dire financial straits. Helping to support her family, she published her first book, Flower Fables, in 1854. She served as a nurse during the Civil War, and her memoir Hospital Sketches was published in 1863. Asked by her publisher to write a book for girls, Alcott drew upon her own family experiences to write Little Women (1868). This heartwarming novel chronicles the lives of the four March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy—as they grew up during the Civil War. A success upon its publication, Little Women remains an American literary classic, its popularity so engaging that it has been adapted several times for the silver screen and Broadway.
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Artist
George Kendall Warren Studio, active 1834 - 1884
Sitter
Louisa May Alcott, 29 Nov 1832 - 6 Mar 1888
Topic
Costume\Jewelry\Ring
Printed Material\Papers
Louisa May Alcott: Female
Louisa May Alcott: Communications\Journalist\Editor\Magazine
Louisa May Alcott: Literature\Writer\Novelist
Portrait
Medium
Albumen silver print
Dimensions
Image: 9.6 x 5.8 cm (3 3/4 x 2 5/16")
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Type
Photograph
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4500baed0-4b5c-4e7e-8445-a0a0a1a25d3e
Record ID
npg_S_NPG.77.139

Louisa May Alcott

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