Gadis-gadis March––Meg, Jo, Beth, dan Amy, kini telah dewasa. Ayah mereka, Mr. March, telah pulang dengan selamat dari medan perang. Begitu pula John Brooke, kekasih Meg. Jo yang tomboi sedang belajar untuk menjadi lebih anggun. Beth semakin ramping dan pendiam, dan matanya yang indah itu selalu menyorotkan kebaikan. Sedangkan Amy, pada usia enam belas tahun, memiliki pembawaan seperti wanita dewasa. Keempat gadis March, dengan didampingi ibu mereka yang bijak, akan menemukan cinta mereka masing-masing dan menyambut masa depan.
Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania on November 29, 1832. She and her three sisters, Anna, Elizabeth and May were educated by their father, philosopher/ teacher, Bronson Alcott and raised on the practical Christianity of their mother, Abigail May.
Louisa spent her childhood in Boston and in Concord, Massachusetts, where her days were enlightened by visits to Ralph Waldo Emerson's library, excursions into nature with Henry David Thoreau and theatricals in the barn at Hillside (now Hawthorne's "Wayside").
Like her character, Jo March in Little Women, young Louisa was a tomboy: "No boy could be my friend till I had beaten him in a race," she claimed, " and no girl if she refused to climb trees, leap fences...."
For Louisa, writing was an early passion. She had a rich imagination and often her stories became melodramas that she and her sisters would act out for friends. Louisa preferred to play the "lurid" parts in these plays, "the villains, ghosts, bandits, and disdainful queens."
At age 15, troubled by the poverty that plagued her family, she vowed: "I will do something by and by. Don't care what, teach, sew, act, write, anything to help the ...