Alcott, Louisa May

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Alcott, Louisa May Gender: F
born on 29 November 1832 at 00:30 (= 12:30 AM )
Place Germantown (Philadelphia County), Pennsylvania, 40n03, 75w11
Timezone LMT m75w11 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 07°04' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 22°52 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 18°31'

Louisa May Alcott


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). A nurse during the Civil War (1861-1865), she became one of America's most famous and beloved writers of children's stories.

Tired of "providing moral pap for the young," Alcott wrote A Modern Mephistopheles in 1877. Once secret, her novel is surprisingly erotic. This perception is reinforced by Alcott's own letters, published as The Selected Letters of Louisa May Alcott. A self-described "literary spinster," she wrote, "I was born with a boy's nature and have always fought my fight . . . with a boy's spirit."

Literature took the place of love, marriage and children. She called her first book in 1854 her "firstborn."

The dutiful daughter of a idealistic, influential but mostly impoverished Transcendentalist philosopher, Bronson Alcott, she turned out to be a hardheaded Yankee literary entrepreneur. She wrote to her sister Anna in 1854, "I am grubbing away as usual. I have $11, all of my own earnings - $5 for a story and $4 for a pile of sewing I did for the ladies."

Her beloved sister Elizabeth, the model for Beth in Little Women died on 14 March 1858 at 3 AM according to Louisa's journal.

Louisa was an assertive and self-contained woman, an early and ardent feminist who set out to win fortune and fame and was utterly unsurprised when she did so.

Alcott suffered from vertigo and other maladies for many years. About two years before her death she entered a homeopathic nursing home in Boston, complaining of insomnia and lack of appetite. Despite a permanent writer's cramp in her thumb, she was able to complete the final book in the March family saga, Jo's Boys (1886) and to write the last book of all, A Garland for Girls (1888). She went to see her dying father in Boston on 1 March 1888 and caught a chill. A day or so later she suffered a violent headache, and sinking rapidly, died on 6 March 1888 at 3:30 AM, the day of her father's funeral.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • sibling relationship with Alcott, May (born 26 July 1840)


  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1854 (First published)
  • Death of Sibling 14 March 1858 at 03:00 AM in Concord, MA (Sister Elizabeth)
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  • Work : New Career 1861 (Nurse, four years)
  • Health : Medical diagnosis 1 March 1888 (Caught a chill)
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Source Notes

Worthington "Miss Alcott of Concord", date recorded by her dad.

Sy Scholfield cites her father's letter to his father-in-law on her day of birth as quoted in "Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women" by Harriet Reisen (Picador, 2009), p. 7: "She was born at half-past 12 this morning on my birthday."


  • Traits : Personality : Articulate
  • Traits : Personality : Hard worker
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Headaches, severe (Violent)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Ears (Vertigo)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Eating Disorder (No appetite)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Sleep disorders (Insomnia)
  • Family : Childhood : Family close (Supportive)
  • Family : Childhood : Family noted (Dad)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Second of four girls)
  • Family : Relationship : Married late/never (Never)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids none
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Rags to riches
  • Personal : Death : Unusual (Died same day as dad's funeral)
  • Vocation : Medical : Nurse/ Nurse's Aids (Secondary)
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (Nurse during the Civil War)
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ feminist
  • Vocation : Writers : Children's literature
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Creativity (Writing skills)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women