This was found in a very old collector's library. + publisher's catalog at end. Gilt impressed brown publisher's cloth.Hospital sketches is a c. Ompilation of four sketches based on letters Louisa May Alcott sent home during the six weeks she spent as a volunteer nurse for the Union Army during the American Civil War in Georgetown. Ood to very good condition. Binding chipped at spine edge, wear to extremities, old stain to upper edge throughout. Ee photos for details and feel free to ask any questions.
F you collect 19th century Americana non fiction history, American history, civil war era, etc. This is a treasure you will not see again! Add this to your paper or ephemera collection. Hospital Sketches (1863) is a compilation of four sketches based on letters Louisa May Alcott sent home during the six weeks she spent as a volunteer nurse for the Union Army during the American Civil War in Georgetown.
Tribulation Periwinkle opens the story by complaining, I want something to do. She dismisses suggestions to write a book, teach, get married, or start acting.When her younger brother suggests she "go nurse the soldiers", she immediately responds, I will! After substantial hardship in trying to obtain a spot, she has further difficulty finding a place on the train. She then describes her travel through New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore en route to Washington DC. Immediately after her arrival, Periwinkle must attend to the wounded from the Battle of Fredericksburg. Her first assignment is washing them before putting them to bed. She converses with the various wounded soldiers, including an Irishman and a Virginia blacksmith. The death of the blacksmith, a man named John, in particular touches her deeply. After the Civil War broke out, the town of Concord, Massachusetts rallied, inspiring many young men to volunteer. The company assembled on the town common on April 19, 1861, the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord as they set off. Louisa May Alcott wrote to her friend Alf Whitman that it was "a sight to behold".  She was disappointed that she had to stay behind, lamenting, as I can't fight, I will content myself with working with those who can.
 She joined local women who volunteered to sew clothes and provide other supplies. On her 30th birthday on November 29, 1862, she made up her mind to do more.
She recorded in her journal, Thirty years old. Decide to go to Washington as a nurse if I could find a place.  She received her orders on December 11 and made her way to Georgetown, outside of Washington, D. While working as a nurse, Alcott contracted typhoid fever and was treated with mercury in the form of calomel. She survived but later recorded, I was never ill before this time, and never well afterward.
While serving as a nurse, Alcott wrote several letters to her family in Concord. At the urging of others, she prepared them for publication, slightly altering and fictionalizing them.
The narrator of the stories was renamed Tribulation Periwinkle but the sketches are virtually authentic to Alcott's real experiences. Louisa May Alcott in 1862. The first of the sketches was published on May 22, 1863, in the abolitionist magazine Boston Commonwealth edited by family friend Franklin Benjamin Sanborn.
The final sketch was published on June 26.  The pieces received great critical and popular acclaim making Alcott an overnight success. Conway, who helped secure the publication of the sketches in the Commonwealth, recommended they be collected as a book.  The author was approached by Thomas Niles, an up-and-coming employee of Roberts Brothers, to publish the sketches in book form.  At her father's suggestion, the book was dedicated to Hannah Stevenson, a friend who had helped Alcott secure her position as a volunteer nurse. Years later, Walt Whitman contacted Redpath, hoping he would publish his own recollections as a Civil War nurse. As he wrote, the book Memoranda During the War, would be something considerably more than mere hospital sketches. Fourteen years later after its publication, Alcott reflected on avoiding Roberts Brothers, who later published Little Women (1868): Shortsighted Louisa! Little did you dream that this same Roberts Brothers were to help you make your fortune a few years later.
 After that novel's success, Niles offered to republish Hospital Sketches under the Roberts Brothers imprint, and Alcott slightly expanded it. Louisa May Alcott's father Amos Bronson Alcott predicted the sketches likely to be popular, the subject and style of treatment alike commending it to the reader, and to the Army especially.I see nothing in the way of a good appreciation of Louisa's merits as a woman and a writer. Nothing could be more surprising to her or agreeable to us.  Her father was right; when it proved popular, Alcott was surprised by her own success. As she wrote: I cannot see why people like a few extracts from topsey turvey letters written on inverted tea kettles, waiting for gruel to warm, or poultices to cool, [or] for boys to wake and be tormented. Wrote her a letter to applaud her charming pictures of hospital service.
" The Boston Evening Transcript called the book "fluent and sparkling, with touches of quiet humor and lively wit.  Alcott herself wrote, I find I've done a good thing without knowing it. Alcott's early education included lessons from the naturalist Henry David Thoreau who inspired her to write Thoreau's Flute based on her time at Walden's Pond. Most of the education she received though, came from her father who was strict and believed in the sweetness of self-denial.
 She also received some instruction from writers and educators such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Margaret Fuller, and Julia Ward Howe, all of whom were family friends. She later described these early years in a newspaper sketch entitled Transcendental Wild Oats. " The sketch was reprinted in the volume Silver Pitchers (1876), which relates the family's experiment in "plain living and high thinking at Fruitlands. Poverty made it necessary for Alcott to go to work at an early age as a teacher, seamstress, governess, domestic helper, and writer. Her sisters also supported the family, working as seamstresses, while their mother took on social work among the Irish immigrants.
Only the youngest, May, was able to attend public school. Due to all of these pressures, writing became a creative and emotional outlet for Alcott.  Her first book was Flower Fables (1849), a selection of tales originally written for Ellen Emerson, daughter of Ralph Waldo Emerson.  Alcott is quoted as saying "I wish I was rich, I was good, and we were all a happy family this day" and was driven in life not to be poor.
In 1847, she and her family served as station masters on the Underground Railroad, when they housed a fugitive slave for one week and had discussions with Frederick Douglass.  Alcott read and admired the "Declaration of Sentiments", published by the Seneca Falls Convention on women's rights, advocating for women's suffrage and became the first woman to register to vote in Concord, Massachusetts in a school board election.  The 1850s were hard times for the Alcotts, and in 1854 Louisa found solace at the Boston Theatre where she wrote The Rival Prima Donnas, which she later burned due to a quarrel between the actresses on who would play what role. At one point in 1857, unable to find work and filled with such despair, Alcott contemplated suicide. During that year, she read Elizabeth Gaskell's biography of Charlotte Brontë and found many parallels to her own life.
 In 1858, her younger sister Elizabeth died, and her older sister Anna married a man named John Pratt. This felt, to Alcott, to be a breaking up of their sisterhood. As an adult, Alcott was an abolitionist and a feminist.
In 1860, Alcott began writing for the Atlantic Monthly. When the American Civil War broke out, she served as a nurse in the Union Hospital at Georgetown, DC, for six weeks in 18621863.  She intended to serve three months as a nurse, but halfway through she contracted typhoid and became deathly ill, though she eventually recovered.
Her letters homerevised and published in the Boston anti-slavery paper Commonwealth and collected as Hospital Sketches (1863, republished with additions in 1869)brought her first critical recognition for her observations and humor.  She wrote about the mismanagement of hospitals and the indifference and callousness of some of the surgeons she encountered. Her main character, Tribulation Periwinkle, showed a passage from innocence to maturity and is a "serious and eloquent witness". Her novel Moods (1864), based on her own experience, was also promising. After her service as a nurse, Alcott's father wrote her a heartfelt poem titled To Louisa May Alcott.  The poem describes how proud her father is of her for working as a nurse and helping injured soldiers as well as bringing cheer and love into their home. He ends the poem by telling her she's in his heart for being a selfless faithful daughter. This poem was featured in the book "Louisa May Alcott: Her Life, Letters, and Journals (1889)".
This poem is also featured in the book "Louisa May Alcott, the Children's Friend" that talks about her childhood and close relationship with her father. In the mid-1860s, Alcott wrote passionate, fiery novels and sensational stories under the nom de plume A. Among these are A Long Fatal Love Chase and Pauline's Passion and Punishment. Her protagonists for these books are strong and smart.
She also produced stories for children, and after they became popular, she did not go back to writing for adults. Other books she wrote are the novelette A Modern Mephistopheles (1875), which people thought Julian Hawthorne wrote, and the semi-autobiographical novel Work (1873).Alcott became even more successful with the first part of Little Women: or Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy (1868), a semi-autobiographical account of her childhood with her sisters in Concord, Massachusetts, published by the Roberts Brothers. Alcott originally delayed writing the novel, seeing herself incapable of writing a story for girls, despite her publisher, Thomas Niles' urges for her to do so. Part two, or Part Second, also known as Good Wives (1869), followed the March sisters into adulthood and marriage. Little Men (1871) detailed Jo's life at the Plumfield School that she founded with her husband Professor Bhaer at the conclusion of Part Two of Little Women.
Jo's Boys (1886) completed the "March Family Saga". Louisa May Alcott commemorative stamp, 1940 issue. In Little Women, Alcott based her heroine "Jo" on herself. But whereas Jo marries at the end of the story, Alcott remained single throughout her life. Because I have fallen in love with so many pretty girls and never once the least bit with any man.
 However, Alcott's romance while in Europe with the young Polish man Ladislas "Laddie" Wisniewski was detailed in her journals but then deleted by Alcott herself before her death.  Alcott identified Laddie as the model for Laurie in Little Women.
 Likewise, every character seems to be paralleled to some extent, from Beth's death mirroring Lizzie's to Jo's rivalry with the youngest, Amy, as Alcott felt a sort of rivalry for (Abigail) May, at times.  Though Alcott never married, she did take in May's daughter, Louisa, after May's death in 1879 from childbed fever, caring for little "Lulu" until her death. Little Women was well received, with critics and audiences finding it suitable for many age groups. A reviewer of Eclectic Magazine called it "the very best of books to reach the hearts of the young of any age from six to sixty".  It was a fresh, natural representation of daily life.With the success of Little Women, Alcott shied away from the attention and would sometimes act as a servant when fans would come to her house. Louisa May Alcott's grave in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord, Massachusetts. Along with Elizabeth Stoddard, Rebecca Harding Davis, Anne Moncure Crane, and others, Alcott was part of a group of female authors during the Gilded Age, who addressed women's issues in a modern and candid manner. Their works were, as one newspaper columnist of the period commented, "among the decided'signs of the times'".
In 1877 Alcott was one of the founders of the Women's Educational and Industrial Union in Boston.  After her youngest sister May died in 1879, Louisa took over for the care of niece, Lulu, who was named after Louisa. Alcott suffered chronic health problems in her later years,  including vertigo.  She and her earliest biographers attributed her illness and death to mercury poisoning.
During her American Civil War service, Alcott contracted typhoid fever and was treated with a compound containing mercury.  Recent analysis of Alcott's illness, however, suggests that her chronic health problems may have been associated with an autoimmune disease, not mercury exposure. However, mercury is a known trigger for auto immune diseases. Moreover, a late portrait of Alcott shows a rash on her cheeks, which is a characteristic of lupus.Alcott died of a stroke at age 55 in Boston, on March 6, 1888,  two days after her father's death. Lulu, her niece, was only 8 years old when Louisa died. Louisa's last known words were Is it not meningitis? " She is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, near Emerson, Hawthorne, and Thoreau, on a hillside now known as "Authors' Ridge. Louisa frequently wrote in her journals about going on runs up until she died.
She challenged the social norms regarding gender by encouraging her young female readers to run as well. Her Boston home is featured on the Boston Women's Heritage Trail.
 Her childhood home Orchard House is now a museum that pays homage to Louisa May Alcott and her family that focuses on education. In addition, Harriet Reisen wrote Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind "Little Women" which later became a film that was directed by Nancy Porter and aired on PBS television. In 1996 Alcott was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.
Bust of Louisa May Alcott. Little Women or Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy (1868). There is a Part Second of Little Women, also known as "Good Wives", published in 1869; and afterward published together with Little Women.
Little Men: Life at Plumfield with Jo's Boys (1871). Jo's Boys and How They Turned Out: A Sequel to "Little Men" (1886). The Inheritance (1849, unpublished until 1997).
The Mysterious Key and What It Opened (1867). An Old Fashioned Girl (1870). Will's Wonder Book (1870). Work: A Story of Experience (1873).Beginning Again, Being a Continuation of Work (1875). Eight Cousins or The Aunt-Hill (1875). Rose in Bloom: A Sequel to Eight Cousins (1876).
Jack and Jill: A Village Story (1880). Behind a Mask, or a Woman's Power (1866). The Abbot's Ghost, or Maurice Treherne's Temptation (1867).A Long Fatal Love Chase (1866; first published 1995). Short story collections for children. Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag (18721882). (66 short stories in six volumes). Jimmy's Cruise in the Pinafore, Etc.
Lulu's Library (18861889) A collection of 32 short stories in three volumes. On Picket Duty, and other tales (1864).Morning-Glories and Other Stories (1867) Eight fantasy stories and four poems for children, including: A Strange Island, (1868); The Rose Family: A Fairy Tale (1864), A Christmas Song, Morning Glories, Shadow-Children, Poppy's Pranks, What the Swallows did, Little Gulliver, The Whale's story, Goldfin and Silvertail. Kitty's Class Day and Other Stories (Three Proverb Stories), 1868, (includes "Kitty's Class Day", "Aunt Kipp" and "Psyche's Art"). A collection of 12 short stories. The Candy Country (1885) (One short story). May Flowers (1887) (One short story).
Mountain-Laurel and Maidenhair (1887) (One short story). A Garland for Girls (1888). A collection of eight short stories. The Brownie and the Princess (2004). A collection of ten short stories.
Other short stories and novelettes. Pauline's Passion and Punishment.Perilous Play, (1869)(One short story). Lost in a Pyramid, or the Mummy's Curse. Transcendental Wild Oats (1873) A Short story about Alcott's family and the Transcendental Movement. Silver Pitchers, and Independence: A Centennial Love Story (1876). Little Women inspired film versions in 1933, 1949, 1994, 2018, and 2019. The novel also inspired television series in 1958, 1970, 1978, and 2017, and anime versions in 1981 and 1987. Little Men inspired film versions in 1934, 1940, and 1998. This novel also was the basis for a 1998 television series. Other films based on Alcott novels and stories are An Old-Fashioned Girl (1949), The Inheritance (1997), and An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving (2008). In 2009 PBS produced an American Masters episode titled "Louisa May Alcott The Woman Behind'Little Women' ". In 2016 a Google Doodle of the author was created by Google artist Sophie Diao. The former includes the whale catcher a steam or diesel-driven vessel with a harpoon gun mounted at its bow. There have also been vessels which combined the two activities, such as the bottlenose whalers of the late 19th and early 20th century, and catcher/factory ships of the modern era. Whaleships had two or more whaleboats, open rowing boats used in the capture of whales. Whaleboats brought the captured whales to the whaleships to be flensed or cut up. Here the blubber was rendered into oil using two or three try-pots set in a brick furnace called the tryworks. The World War II Flower-class corvettes were based on the design of the whale catcher Southern Pride. The item "1863 First Edition Hospital Sketches Louisa May Alcott Civil War Little Women" is in sale since Saturday, January 18, 2020. This item is in the category "Books\Antiquarian & Collectible".
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