Today in History

October 1, 1868: Louisa May Alcott publishes Little Women

Little Women was one of the 270 published works by the Pennsylvania-born author Louisa May Alcott. The book tells the story of the four March sisters and their lives as they face life without their father, who is away fighting in the Civil War. With their mother and their neighbor Laurie, they face poverty, sickness and heartbreak. The novel was based on Alcott’s own life. An older daughter of a poor family, she began writing to support them in 1851. As with her other works, Alcott plotted Little Women in her mind before putting pen to paper, and the whole novel was finished in just two six-week periods.