Google paid tribute to world famous author Louisa May Alcott by putting up a Doodle on her 184th birthday, showing the popular characters from the book Little Women. The doodle is made by artist Sophie Diao, and shows, Beth, Jo, Amy and Meg – the girls from the March family, which was based on Alcott’s own family. Little Women was Alcott’s biggest success. It is a semi-autobiographical book in which there is a story about growing up with sisters and people love it to this day. The books follow the lives of the sisters into their adulthood where they deal with different situations and adult issues.
If read today, one realises that the sisters had varied characteristics and at times may seem preachy as a style of writing, but going back to the mid-nineteenth century, this book marked the growth of female individualism, as they were central to the plot and they were made to make personal choices even while existing among domestic settings. But at the same time, the sweet coming-of-age story about little girls was also something which the readers connected with, and it was a bestseller right after release.
Born in 1832 in Pennsylvania, Alcott was not only a great author but also a suffragist, feminist and abolitionist. She belonged to a world, where legends like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry David Thoreau, existed and fostered in her a greater sense of civic duty. Alcott also volunteered as a nurse during the American Civil War, and her family’s home was a station on the Underground Railroad.
Alcott as a child used to stay among Transcendentalist intellectuals who believed that innate goodness is more important than rationality. Yet, those ideologies did not stop he from writing highly anti-slavery books after the end of the Civil war. But Alcott got the best reviews and became popular when she started writing books for children.