Louisa May Alcott was an American novelist, short-story writer, and poet who lived from 1832 to 1888. Born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, Alcott is best known for her novel “Little Women” (1868), which is a classic of American literature and remains one of the most beloved and widely read books of all time. The novel is a coming-of-age story about four sisters growing up in Civil War-era New England and is known for its rich characterizations, its vivid descriptions of family life, and its exploration of themes of love, friendship, and self-discovery. Alcott’s writing is characterized by its warmth, its humor, and its insight into the human experience, and her works continue to be widely read and enjoyed by audiences of all ages. Despite facing numerous challenges, including poverty, illness, and the limited opportunities available to women in her time, Alcott remained a dedicated and visionary writer, and her works continue to be celebrated for their timeless appeal and their enduring impact on American literature.