Some months ago I asked for suggestions of which novelist, if any, was the American equivalent of Anthony Trollope. Most respondents thought there wasn't one.
I am now reading Little Women for the first time. I see a strong moral similarity between Alcott's project and Trollope's. He draws on a broader social world. On the whole I think he is the better writer. Still, Alcott seems to be engage in a similar project at the same time, and with comparable popularity.
I offer this idea for the consideration of my literary readers.