Alcott: 'Not The Little Woman You Thought She Was'

Though Louisa May Alcott is often associated with the sweetness of her characters in <em>Little Women</em>, she was a tough woman, shaped largely by her experience growing up in poverty.  The beloved writer wrote what she called "moral pap for the young" because it paid well.
Though Louisa May Alcott is often associated with the sweetness of her characters in Little Women, she was a tough woman, shaped largely by her experience growing up in poverty. The beloved writer wrote what she called "moral pap for the young" because it paid well.