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2018 Book #13: Short Stories - Louisa May Alcott


These five brief stories read a bit like magazine pieces to me, mildly humorous and a bit chatty... not especially memorable, but of some historical interest because there are so few surviving female literary voices from the middle of the 19th century in the United States. The exception is a melodramatic tale set in a Civil War hospital, where the nurse stumbles into an attempted murder between two brothers, one of whom is of mixed race and one of whom is a Rebel.

One little piece, which can hardly even be called a story, is a defense  of a woman's right not to marry.  It's genteelly phrased and seems awfully mild at this distance, but that had to be a pretty gutsy stand to take, waaaay back in the day. She must have been a fiercely independent and strong-willed person.

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