Louisa May Alcott - 1832-1888.The daughter of the eccentric New England philosopher, Bronson Alcott, she grew to womanhood in Concord, Massachusetts, in an atmosphere oftranscendentalism, communistic experimentation, povery, cheerfulness and abolitionism. Her letters from the Union Hospital in Georgetwon were published in 1863, and the following year her novel, Moods, appeared. Her reputation was made with the pu7blicaton of the first volume of Little Women in 1868. It was followed by a long series of stories for girls which brought her sufficient means to establish her father in comfort at Concord. She exhausted herself by overwork, and survived Bronson Alcott by only two days.