American author of the classic novels, Little Women and Little Men. She used the pen name A. M. Barnard early in her career and, in her later life, became a well-known feminist and abolitionist.
During her youth, she worked as a teacher, seamstress, governess, domestic helper, and writer to help support her family. As a child, she studied with naturalist author,
Her childhood experiences growing up in Massachusetts formed the basis of her novels.
She was the second oldest of four daughters born to
She grew up reading the literary works of family friend, Ralph Waldo Emerson.