Hospital Sketches as it first appeared, serialized in the Boston Commonwealth Newspaper

The Commonwealth (Boston), vol. 1, no. 41, p. 1, June 12, 1863

Here is a great find, thanks to our friend JBee – PDF versions of the Boston Commonwealth which serialized Hospital Sketches before it was published as a book.

There is a page of additional information and citations for each PDF. There other files as well, not related to Hospital Sketches, including  letters that were published about Alcott’s stay in the White Mountains in 1861, and a poem titled “Busy Bessie, at her Spinning Wheel.”

This is the link to the collection:


Miki Pfeffer, an Alcott scholar added this: “A note about The Commonwealth: it was published by Samuel Gridley Howe, husband of Julia Ward Howe, who helped him with that publication. I like to think she might have had something to do with the inclusion of Alcott’s Hospital Sketches.”

Here are links to short bios on Samuel Gridley Howe:


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