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American novelist and poet Louisa May Alcott was born on November 29, 1832 in what is now known as Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A student of the transcendentalists Thoreau and Emerson, Alcott grew up as an independent perfectionist. Here we share six books that exemplify Alcott’s precision-guided characters that influenced American morality for nearly a century and a half.
“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”
“…for no matter how lost and soiled and worn-out wandering sons may be, mothers can forgive and forget every thing as they fold them into their fostering arms. Happy the son whose faith in his mother remains unchanged, and who, through all his wanderings, has kept some filial token to repay her brave and tender love.”
“Men are always ready to die for us, but not to make our lives worth having. Cheap sentiment and bad logic.”
The Mysterious Key and What It Opened
“The less you reveal the more people can wonder.”
Work: A Story of Experience
“Christie loved books; and the attic next her own was full of them. To this store she found her way by a sort of instinct as sure as that which leads a fly to a honey-pot, and, finding many novels, she read her fill. This amusement lightened many heavy hours, peopled the silent house with troops of friends, and, for a time, was the joy of her life.”
Transcendental Wild Oats
“Stay is a charming word in a friend’s vocabulary.”
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