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Google Doodle commemorates 184th b'day of `Little Women` author Louisa May Alcott

Updated: Nov 29, 2016 11:52 IST

New Delhi [India], Nov.29 (ANI): The Google Doodle pays tribute to one of the best-known female authors of the 19th century, Louisa May Alcott, who was born in New England 184 years ago today, with some of the most well-known characters from her semi-autobiographical book ' Little Women'.

Alcott became a famous feminist and campaigned for the abolition of slavery but is best known for writing the iconic children's book. It's a semi-autobiographical account of her life growing up with her sisters.

The book traces the lives of four sisters through to adulthood, dealing with the various strains of growing up and then finding themselves in different adulthood situations.

It set a mark for female individualism in the 1860s as the women were at the centre of the book and fully formed characters who grappled with their own choices, even within traditional domestic roles.

"I want to do something splendid before I go into my castle, something heroic or wonderful that won't be forgotten after I'm dead," wrote Alcott, as Jo, in the book. "I don't know what, but I'm on the watch for it, and mean to astonish you all someday."

She grew up alongside other famous Americans like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry David Thoreau, who all share her final resting place in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Massachusetts, the burial site for some of the United States' most renowned writers and thinkers. (ANI)

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