Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888): "Hospital Sketches"


Although literary fame came to Louisa May Alcott after the Civil War with the publication of Little Women in 1868, she published this fictionalized account of nurse Tribulation Periwinkle in Hurlyburly House, based on her own experiences at the Union Hospital in Washington in 1862-1863, in issues of the Boston commonwealth, an abolitionist magazine.

 Alcott then revised and expanded the work into "Hospital Sketches".  A percentage of the profits of the book were devoted to “the support of orphans made fatherless or homeless by the war.”

Image: (Boston : James Redpath, 1863). Purchased through the Billings Fund for the Boston Medical Library, 1917.


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