Google is today celebrating the 184th birth anniversary of Louisa May Alcott, one of the most famous female authors of the 19th century. The Google doodle designed by Sophie Diao depicts the various characters of the March family from Alcott’s famous novel ‘Little Women’. Also Read - Google Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro launches with Tensor chip, Android 12 starting at $599
‘Little Women’ is not only one of Alcott’s most famous novels, but is also believed to be loosely based on her own childhood in Massachusetts. The March family was based on her own, and the strong-headed Jo was Alcott’s version of herself. The rest of the March family depicted in today’s doodle include Beth, Amy, Meg March, and their neighbor Laurie. The book went on to become a classic coming of age title for many, especially girls. Little Women was written in two parts, and the success of the books gave rise to follow-ups like ‘Little Men’ and ‘Jo’s Boys’. But these books couldn’t replicate the magic of Little Women. Also Read - Google Pixel 6 Pro pricing, specs leaked via Amazon UK listing: Check details
Alcott was born on November 29, 1832 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Amos Bronson Alcott and Abby May. She was the second-eldest among her siblings, namely Anna Bronson Alcott, Elizabeth Sewall Alcott and Abigail May Alcott. Besides being a famous writer, Louisa was a suffragist, abolitionist, and feminist. During the American Civil War, Alcott volunteered as a nurse, and her family home was a station on the Underground Railroad. She would also go on to become the first woman to register and vote in Concord, Massachusetts. Also Read - Pokemon Unite was the most downloaded mobile game globally in Sep with approx 33 million installs
Through all her social work, Alcott continued writing and working on novels and short stories. After Little Women, Alcott went on to write books like ‘An Old-Fashioned Girl’, ‘Eight Cousins’, and ‘Under the Lilacs’ among others. She even wrote under the pen name a AM Barnard books like ‘A Long Fatal Love Chase’ and ‘Pauline’s Passion and Punishment’.
Alcott suffered chronic health problems in her later years, and at the age of 55, she died of a stroke in Boston on March 6, 1888. She is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, and her Boston home is featured on the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail.