THE JOURNALS OF LOUISA MAY ALCOTT by Joel & Daniel Shealy--Eds. Myerson

THE JOURNALS OF LOUISA MAY ALCOTT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The first unabridged edition of all that remains of Alcott's copious journals. All that remains, because this industrious author periodically boiled down her daily journal entries into monthly entries and then destroyed the dailies--so that much of what is here is rather choppy monthly entries on the level of: (July 1964) ""Spent half the month at Mary Sewall's taking care of her father who was slowly dying of paralysis. . .Went home & wrote a story, 'An Hour,' for me Atlantic, & sent it. As I thought it good was pretty sure they wouldn't take it."" The daily entries from 1885-88 survive and are reproduced here; their brevity reflects Alcott's diminishing energies (she died in 1888). An impressive scholarly feat then, anchored by Madeleine B. Stem's fine biographical essay and by the editors' careful annotation; but only the most committed fans of Little Women will want to read it cover-to-cover.

Pub Date: Aug. 29th, 1989
Publisher: Little, Brown