How Birthdays Defined the Life of Louisa May Alcott

In honor of Louisa’s 189th and Bronson’s 222nd birthdays, I am pleased to present this article on how birthdays defined Louisa’s life. And you can bet her father had much to do with it!

“November 29th, 2021 marks the 189th birthday of Louisa May Alcott, the author of Little Women. In a remarkable coincidence, Louisa shared this date of birth with her father, Amos Bronson Alcott. He was born in 1799 and she in 1832. Louisa and Bronson experienced other serendipitous moments, publishing the books that would establish their fame in the same month (September 1868 — Little Women and Tablets) and dying within two days of each other in 1888. However, they did not share the same temperament, he being the soft-spoken, serene and idealistic philosopher, and she the wild, boisterous yet practical and brilliant author. It took many years for father and daughter to overcome their differences, but they were devoted to one another in the end …” Click here to continue.

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