Analysis Of The Poem ' Hospital Sketches '

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1.) Alcott, Louisa May. Hospital Sketches. Edited by Bessie Z. Jones. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1960. Hospital Sketches is a compilation of three short stories based on the letters Louisa May Alcott sent home to her family in Concord, Massachusetts during the six weeks she spent as a volunteer nurse for the Union Army in Georgetown, which lies just outside of Washington, D.C. Alcott explains her decision to become a nurse and the journey from Massachusetts to Washington, D.C. in the first story. The second story describes her duties at the hospital, which included washing and feeding the wounded, assisting the doctors, and cheering up the men. In the finally story, Alcott recounts her own experience with typhoid fever and the journey home with her father. Alcott did survive the fever, but never returned to nursing. She includes a small postscript at the end of the book where she describes the hospital in a bit more detail, especially the disorganized management, the doctors, and the African-Americans who helped her at the hospital. At the urging of friends and family, Alcott published her stories in Boston Commonwealth, a popular abolitionist magazine. She gave herself a pseudonym, Tribulation Periwinkle, and embellished her experiences to make them more entertaining and thrilling to the readers. Boston Commonwealth published the first story on May 22, 1863 and continued publishing them until June 26 when Alcott

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