November 29 Birthday: Louisa May Alcott: LOUISA MAY’S BATTLE

Louisa May Alcott
November 29, 1832 to March 6, 1888

LOUISA MAY’S BATTLE: HOW THE CIVIL WAR LED TO LITTLE WOMEN
by Kathleen Krull
Illustrated by Carlyn Beccia
(Walker Books, 2013)

Louisa May Alcott is best known for penning Little Women, but few
are aware of the experience that influenced her writing most-her time
as a nurse during the Civil War. Caring for soldiers’ wounds and writing
letters home for them inspired a new realism in her work. When her own
letters home were published as Hospital Sketches, she had her first success as a writer. The acclaim for her new writing style inspired her to use this approach in Little Women,
which was one of the first novels to be set during the Civil War. It
was the book that made her dreams come true, and a story she could never
have written without the time she spent healing others in service of
her country.

Learn more about Louisa May Alcott’s life here:   http://www.louisamayalcott.org/louisamaytext.html

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