Before writing Little Women, Alcott wrote Gothic pulp fiction under the nom de plume A.M. Barnard. These sensational, melodramatic works are strikingly different from the more wholesome, righteous vibe she captured in Little Women, and she didn’t advertise her former writing as her own after Little Women became popular. Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women to help her father. After the success of Little Women, fans who connected with the book traveled to Concord to see where Alcott grew up. Orchard House is a designated National Historic Landmark, and visitors can take a guided tour to see where Alcott wrote and set Little Women .