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Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) made many contributions that exceed her landmark publication of Little Women. Taught by Thoreau, Emerson, and Hawthorne, she was also a strong feminist and abolitionist, a nurse in the Civil War, and a poet who considered race relations and interracial marriage when it was highly unpopular to do so. She also offered her home as a stop along the Underground Railway. A dynamic fixture in American letters, Alcott also funded an orphanage, and often read to prisoners, impoverished children, and the hospitalized.