In this simplified version of the Alcott novel, Pollys friendship with the wealthy Shaws of Boston helps them to build a new life and teaches her the truth about the relationship between happiness and riches. Includes gold-tone charm. Pollys friendship with the wealthy Shaws of Boston helps them to build a new life and teaches her the truth about the relationship between happiness and riches. s, but continued to live in poverty, forcing Louisa to work to support the family as a seamstress, maid and finally writer.
As she grew older, Louisa became an anti-slavery advocate and a member of the Underground Railroad. During the Civil War, she served as a nurse in Washington, D. C.
Writing under the pseudonym A. M. Barnard, her novels began to make money.
Finally, she wrote Little Women and its two sequels which cemented her fame, all of them, based upon her own life. Alcott remained single her entire life, openly stating her love for women, and being an advocate for womens issues. During her life, she suffered from vertigo, typhoid fever, mercury poisoning and possibly lupus.
She died from a stroke on March 6, 1888, at the age of 55, in Boston, two days after her father. She is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, on Authors Ridge, with Emerson, Thoreau and Hawthorne.