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Louisa May Alcott’s Adult Short Stories: “My Contraband”

hospital sketchesLouisa May Alcott’s short stint as a Civil War nurse enabled to find her voice and provided her with numerous stories. Hospital Sketches was the first result of her service and it secured her future as a successful professional writer. Critics and readers alike showered praise on the book which first began as a series of installments for the Commonwealth, a Boston anti-slavery newspaper. Encouraged by the success of the book, Louisa mined her wartime experiences for more stories. One of these is titled “My Contraband.” Continue reading