Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott. The novel follows the lives of four sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March – and is loosely based on the author's childhood experiences with her three sisters. G. K. Chesterton noted that in Little Women, Alcott "anticipated realism by twenty or thirty years," and that Fritz's proposal to Jo, and her acceptance, "is one of the really human things in human literature." The second-oldest of four sisters, Josephine March is a tomboy; Mr. March has referred to her as his "son Jo" in the past.". When her father went to volunteer in the Civil War, she wanted to fight alongside him. She's clumsy, blunt, opinionated, and jolly. Jo also loves literature, both reading and writing it. While pursuing a literary career in New York City, she meets and falls in love with Friederich Bhear, a German professor, who introduces her to the world of opera, philosophy, as well as encouraging her to improve her writing.