Hospital Sketches

ISBN-10: 0312260288
ISBN-13: 9780312260286
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Description: Several years before Louisa May Alcott created Little Women(1868), her most well known novel, she worked as a nurse at a soldiers’ hospital in Washington, D.C., during the Civil War. Drawing on that experience, Alcott wrote Hospital Sketches(1863),  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.99
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 9/25/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 138
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396

Several years before Louisa May Alcott created Little Women(1868), her most well known novel, she worked as a nurse at a soldiers’ hospital in Washington, D.C., during the Civil War. Drawing on that experience, Alcott wrote Hospital Sketches(1863), a vivid account that offers rich insights into women’s wartime roles, the shocking conditions in soldiers’ hospitals, the lives of the soldiers themselves, and the racial prejudice of the time. Part of a vast outpouring of popular Civil War literature published during the conflict, Hospital Sketchestells us much about mid–nineteenth-century literary culture and the ways in which the war was re-created in literature for the reading public in the North. Alice Fahs’s introduction supplies biographical, literary, and historical context for Alcott’s work. Illustrations, a chronology, questions for consideration, and a selected bibliography add to the volume’s value.

Mark Twain was born Samuel L. Clemens in Florida, Missouri on November 30, 1835. He worked as a printer for a time, and then became a steamboat pilot. He traveled in the West, writing humorous sketches for newspapers. In 1865, he wrote the short story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, which was very well received. He then began a career as a humorous travel writer and lecturer, publishing The Innocents Abroad in 1869, Roughing It in 1872, and, co-authored with Charles Dudley Warner, Gilded Age in 1873. His best-known works are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), Mississippi Writing: Life on the Mississippi (1883), and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884). He died of a heart attack on April 21, 1910.

Alice Fahs is associate professor of history at the University of California, Irvine, and author of The Imagined Civil War: Popular Literature of the North and South, 1861-1865.

Introduction: Louisa May
Alcott's Civil War
The Alcott Family
The Struggle for Work
Alcott's Early Literary Career
The Coming of War
Becoming a Nurse
Battle of Fredericksburg
Hospital Life and Medical Care
The Creation of Hospital Sketches
Alcott's Literary Style
Claiming a Place for Women in the War Effort
The Social Landscape of the Hospital
Hospital Sketches and the Meaning of the Civil War
Notes
Hospital Sketches, by Louisa May Alcott
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Appendices
Chronology of Louisa
May Alcott's Life
Questions for Consideration
Selected Bibliography
Index

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