Louisa May Alcott had come to Europe to rest. Her latest book, Little Women , was a runaway bestseller — and the constant barrage of fan mail, the visits and the demands on her time had wrecked her already delicate health. Bronson, a self-educated Romantic, left his Connecticut home as a teenager to become a Yankee peddler , a type of traveling salesman. Life on the road suited the idealistic, optimistic Bronson, but he was a bad salesman and soon found himself in debt. This began a pattern of financial mismanagement and poverty that would haunt him for the rest of his life.
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She lived from November 29, to March 6, Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, but the family quickly moved to Massachusetts, a location with which Alcott and her father are usually associated. As was common at the time, she had little formal education, taught mainly by her father using his unconventional ideas about education. The family's experience when her father founded a utopian community, Fruitlands, is satirized in Louisa May Alcott's later story, Transcendental Wild Oats.
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Though Louisa May Alcott is often associated with the sweetness of her characters in Little Women , she was a tough woman, shaped largely by her experience growing up in poverty. The beloved writer wrote what she called "moral pap for the young" because it paid well. Let's get one thing straight about Louisa May Alcott: "She's not the little woman you thought she was, and her life was no children's book," says Alcott scholar Harriet Reisen. For many readers, Alcott is synonymous with her most famous character, Jo March, the spirited sister in Alcott's classic Little Women. The beloved writer's real life is the subject of a film written and produced by Reisen, Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind 'Little Women' — based on her book by the same name.
One-hundred-and-fifty years ago, in a house in Concord, Massachusetts, Louisa May Alcott wrote one of the most beloved books in American literature, "I don't remember ever not knowing what 'Little Women' was," said Greta Gerwig. For the two-time Oscar-nominee, the house itself was inspiration for her new movie, "Little Women" which she wrote and directed. She told correspondent Rita Braver, "Being here, and actually being in the presence of her room and her books and her things she touched, it's incredibly meaningful, and it made me feel like I could make her movie.