Louisa May Alcott writing at desk.In 1860, Alcott began writing for the Atlantic Monthly. When the American Civil War broke out, she served as a nurse in the Union Hospital at Georgetown, D.C. Her letters home brought her first critical recognition for her observations and humor. They were originally written for the Boston anti-slavery paper The Commonwealth.
Beatrix Potter (28 July 1866 – 22 December 1943) was an English author, illustrator, natural scientist and conservationist best known for her imaginative children’s books featuring animals such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit which celebrated the British landscape and country life.
Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) (1904-1991), Class of 1925. After Dartmouth, Geisel attended Oxford and drew cartoons for The Saturday Evening Post and The Judge, a humor magazine. He went on to publish more than 40 books which have sold more than 220 million copies. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for his contributions to childrens literature. The above portrait: 1982, oil on canvas by Everett Raymond Kinstler, commissioned by the trustees of Dartmouth College.