Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. How did these beloved characters come to be? According to Deborah Noyes, to answer that, you need to travel back to a dismal November day in 1832 when a willful girl was born into a very unconventional family. Louisa May Alcott was anything but a well-mannered young lady. A tomboy as well as a ravenous reader, Louisa took comfort in fictional characters whose wild imaginations were a match for her own. she was often found roaming the woods near her home in Concord, Massachusetts, or exploring the natural world in the company of the great Transcendentalist thinkers Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. Throughout her life, Louisa was influenced by her father, pa penniless philosopher, and her mother, with whom she shared a great connection, and, of course, by her three treasured sisters. Here is the beautifully told story of a literary icon–how Louisa May Alcott’s family, circumstances, and natural spirit combined to give us the masterpiece that is Little Women.