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Louisa May Alcott was an American novelist and poet best known as the author of the novel Little Women. She was strongly influenced by her father, Bronson Alcott, which lasted all of her life until she died on the day of his funeral.
Her progressive education (along with tutoring from family friend Henry Thoreau) played a significant role in the development of her life and writing talents. She began publishing in 1851 and wrote almost three hundred works, many were issued under pseudonyms.
She worked as a governess, seamstress, schoolmarm, and even a domestic servant with much of the employment serving as material for later writing.
Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author born in the town of Odense, Denmark, on 2 April 1805. He is best remembered for his fairy tales which have been translated into more than 125 languages. They present lessons of virtue and resilience in the face of adversity.
His father introduced him to literature by reading to him One Thousand and One Nights (a collection of Middle Eastern and South Asian stories) which include historical tales, love stories, tragedies, comedies and poems.
Some of his best known work is a collection of children’s fairy tales including “The Ugly Duckling“, “The Princess and the Pea“, “Thumbelina“, “The Little Mermaid” and “The Emperor’s New Clothes“.