Hospital Sketches

Hospital Sketches

by Louisa May Alcott

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So far, very good. Here was the will-now for the way. At first sight not a foot of it appeared, but that didn't matter, for the Periwinkles are a hopeful race; their crest is an anchor, with three cock-a-doodles crowing atop. They all wear rose-colored spectacles, and are lineal descendants of the inventor of aerial architecture. An hour's conversation on the subject set the whole family in a blaze of enthusiasm. A model hospital was erected, and each member had accepted an honorable post therein. The paternal P. was chaplain, the maternal P. was matron, and all the youthful P.s filled the pod of futurity with achievements whose brilliancy eclipsed the glories of the present and the past. Arriving at this satisfactory conclusion, the meeting adjourned, and the fact that Miss Tribulation was available as army nurse went abroad on the wings of the wind.
In a few days a townswoman heard of my desire, approved of it, and brought about an interview with one of the sisterhood which I wished to join, who was at home on a furlough, and able and willing to satisfy all inquiries. A morning chat with Miss General S.-we hear no end of Mrs. Generals, why not a Miss?-produced three results: I felt that I could do the work, was offered a place, and accepted it, promising not to desert, but stand ready to march on Washington at an hour's notice.
A few days were necessary for the letter containing my request and recommendation to reach headquarters, and another, containing my commission, to return; therefore no time was to be lost; and heartily thanking my pair of friends, I tore home through the December slush as if the rebels were after me, and like many another recruit, burst in upon my family with the announcement-
"I've enlisted!"

- Taken from "Hospital Sketches" written by Louisa May Alcott

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781666258
Publisher: Andrews UK
Publication date: 06/15/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 376 KB

About the Author

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) was an American writer. She is best known for her autobiographical novel Little Women (1868), set in the Alcott family home, Orchard House in Concord, Massachusetts. Little Women was published in 1868. This novel is loosely based on her childhood experiences with her three sisters. Alcott based the heroine from Little Women, Jo, on herself, but whereas Jo marries at the end of the story, Alcott never married.

Table of Contents

PART I.
    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
    
PART II.
  Hospital Sketches, by Louisa May Alcott
    I. Obtaining Supplies
    II. A Forward Movement
    III. A Day
    IV. A Night
    V. Off Duty
    VI. A Postscript
    
APPENDICES
    Chronology of Louisa
    May Alcott's Life
    Questions for Consideration
    Selected Bibliography
    
  Index

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Hospital Sketches 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alcott's styie is entertaining and amusing. I've read a biography about her but not any of her actual works other than this one and am now interested enough to try "Little Women". I think this autobiogtaphical work will lend a lot to her fiction. It's always interesting to read a woman's point if view in regard to history and this was really no exception. A quick read that I'd recomnend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first half of this book was full of entertaaining descriptions of wartime nursing anecdotes. Then i dont know what happened. It seemed to unravel into random ramblings of washington and i lost interest. Not sure how this happened
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Passed out'
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Gets a mocha from the fridge and drinks it then goe back to caring for her patients
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?....
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"Something is wrong. Teeelllllllllll mmmmeeeeee."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What in the world is going on.....im so confused
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What he heck is going on