Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott (November 29, 1832 – March 6, 1888) is the famous author of Little Women, the classic two-part tale of 4 little girls growing up to become wives and mothers in 19th century New England, as well as its sequels, "Little Men" and "Jo's Boys".
She was very active in the Women's suffrage movement, and was also a Abolitionist. She received the majority of her schooling from her father and grew up to serve as a nurse during the Civil War. She never married.
Little Women is Alcott's best-known publication. It is the story of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March growing up in a small Massachusetts town, raised by their mother, Marmee, while their father serves in the Civil War. The family befriends a wealthy neighbor, Theodore Lawrence ("Laurie"), whom Amy marries after Jo rejects him. Meg marries John Brooke, Laurie's tutor. Beth dies of scarlet fever. In the end, Jo marries Professor Bhaer, whom she meets at a boardinghouse, and they found a boys' school.