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Short Stories
by Louisa May Alcott and Dover Thrift Editions and Alcott Louisa


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Before she wrote "Little Women" one of the most popular books for children ever written Louisa May Alcott (1832 1888) served during the Civil War as a volunteer nurse in Washington, D.C. Drawing on that episode in her life, she produced "Hospital Sketches," a fictionalized account of her experiences at the military hospital in Georgetown.  Read more...


 
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Before she wrote "Little Women" one of the most popular books for children ever written Louisa May Alcott (1832 1888) served during the Civil War as a volunteer nurse in Washington, D.C. Drawing on that episode in her life, she produced "Hospital Sketches," a fictionalized account of her experiences at the military hospital in Georgetown.
This collection of five poignant short stories contains two pieces from "Hospital Sketches," published in 1863: "Obtaining Supplies," recounting the obstacles Alcott's fictionalized persona, Tribulation Periwinkle, faced in gaining her independence and getting to Washington; and "A Night," a moving account of her encounter with a dying soldier. Also included are "My Contraband," a gripping tale of vengeance involving a Civil War nurse, her Confederate patient and his former slave; "Happy Women," a fictionalized essay about four "spinsters" with a positive attitude toward their marital status; and "How I Went Out to Service," an autobiographical sketch of a young woman's undaunted pursuit of financial independence.
Rich in their simple eloquence, these stories provide revealing glimpses of the concerns and literary techniques of one of America's most admired authors."


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  • ISBN-13: 9780486290638
  • ISBN-10: 0486290638
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publish Date: July 2010
  • Page Count: 64
  • Reading Level: Ages 14-UP

Series: Dover Thrift Editions

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