Author Louisa May Alcott, who portrayed liberated, thoughtful and independent women at a time when her message conflicted with social norms, was born in the Germantown section of Philadelphia on this day in history, Nov. 29, 1832.
Her most famous book, “Little Women,” published in 1868, has proven one of the most enduring and beloved tales in American letters.
It has been retold numerous times on stage and screen, including in seven different Hollywood adaptations.
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The 1933 film version of “Little Women” starred Katherine Hepburn. The 1994 version featured Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst, Claire Danes, Susan Sarandon, Christian Bale and Gabriel Byrne.
The most recent film adaptation, in 2019, starred Meryl Streep, Emma Watson and Saoirse Ronan.
Alcott “created colorful relatable characters … [and] introduced readers to educated strong female heroines,” says the National Women’s History Museum.
“Her writing style greatly impacted American literature.”
“Little Women” has been retold numerous times, including in seven different Hollywood adaptations.
Alcott’s father, Amos Bronson Alcott, was a teacher, writer and transcendentalist philosopher, while her mother Abigail (May) was born in Boston to the prominent Quincy and Sewall families — and became one of the leading suffragists and activists of her time.
The family moved to Concord, Massachusetts, in 1840, where Alcott was taught by or