The March sisters live and grow in post-Civil War America, while their father is away serving as a minister to the troops. A lively portrait of nineteenth-century family life, which traces the lives of four sisters: Lovely Meg, talented Jo, frail Beth and spoiled Amy. Through their dreams, plays, pranks, letters, illnesses, and courtships, women of all ages have become a part of this remarkable family.
Louisa May Alcott was born on November 29, 1832 in Germantown, USA. Her father was A. Bronson Alcott, an educator and philosopher, who was, however, never financially secure until his daughter Louisa became a best-selling novelist.
The second of four daughters, Louisa learned from an early age to support herself and her family who were quite poor. She taught at country schools, she worked as a seamstress, governess and as a companion to an elderly lady and above all, from the age of sixteen, she wrote. Anyone who reads Little Women can find in Jo's early experiences the story of Louisa's painful beginnings as an authoress.
While in her twenties, she wrote under various pseudonyms, a variety of thrillers, poems and ';sensation stories'. Then in 1862, during the Civil War, she went to Washington as a volunteer nurse in the military hospital at Georgetown. She wrote many letters home which, when published, made her famous throughout the USA.
Little Women brought her name and fortune. Though meant for the young, grown men and women identify completely with the exploits of the March family. None knew Jo as well as Louisa, for the tomboy who grew up into the tall girl with chestnut hair and dark flashing eyes was she herself. The simple, everyday events of the four sisters, and the warmth of their family life have influenced every generation since 1868, the year when it was published. Louisa Alcott wrote several other children's books, but Little Women is her most widely read book. It has been adapted for both, stage and screen. It has been translated into thirty languages and is regarded as Louisa Alcott's greatest contribution to American literature. She died in 1888 at the age of fifty-six.