Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) was an American writer best known for her classic novel Little Women (1868-69), drawn from her own childhood. Personally educated by writers such as Emerson, Hawthorne, and Thoreau, she first gained literary success with Hospital Sketches (1863), based on her experiences as a nurse during the Civil War.
Silver Pitchers, And Independence (Barnes & Noble Digital Library): A Centennial Love Storyby Louisa May Alcott
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In 1876, the American centennial, Alcott published this collection of nine short stories. The title refers to two of them: “Silver Pitchers,” in which three popular young women take an unpopular stance against alcohol, and “Independence,” in which two young lovers, John and Dolly, must chart their own course despite the interference of their families.
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