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–Alcott is best known for penning Little Women in two parts: 1868 and 1869—a childhood favorite about the March sisters [based on Alcott’s own family] and their struggles and triumphs living independently and making their own way in the world during the Civil war, while living in the North in a middle-class household [Alcott grew up in Concord, Mass.].
–Alcott worked as a nurse in Washington during the Civil War but contracted typhoid fever and almost died. The book Hospital Sketches  chronicles this experience.
–early works including rather racy [for their time] novels and short stories.
–Alcott also spent time at the New England Woman’s club and joined the Suffrage Movement.
If in Concord, Mass. do visit Orchard House [Louisa’s childhood home]. I used to go and play old-fashioned games during the summer.
Maya Angelou [1928- ]
–Angelou grew up in poverty-stricken Stamps, Ark.
–At age seven, her mother’s boyfriend raped her and she remained mute for five years.
–Since then, Angelou has released many autobiographical books, plays and volumes of poetry [Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water Before I Die, And Shall I Rise, I Shall Not Be Moved].
–In 1993 she spoke at the presidential inauguration of fellow Arkansan Bill Clinton.