Louisa May AlcottLouisa May Alcott was an American author who wrote the classic novelLittle Women, as well as various works under pseudonyms. Louisa MayAlcott was born on November 29, 1832, in Germantown, Pennsylvania.Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson were family friends. Alcottwrote under various pseudonyms and only started using her own name whenshe was ready to commit to writing.Walt WhitmanPoet and journalist Walt Whitman was born May 31, 1819 in West Hills,New York. Considered one of America's most influential poet Whitmanaimed to transcend traditional epics, eschew normal aesthetic form, andreflect the nature of the American experience and its democracy. In 1855 heself-published the collection Leaves of Grass, now a landmark in Americanliterature.LongfellowBorn on February 27, 1807, in Portland, Maine, Henry WadsworthLongfellow became a Harvard scholar versed in several Europeanlanguages. He was heavily influenced by romanticism and made a name as apoet and novelist with works like Hyperion, Evangeline, Poems on Slaveryand The Song of Hiawatha. Known for his translation of Dante’s DivineComedy as well, Longfellow died on March 24, 1882, in Cambridge,Massachusetts.