Louisa on the Front Lines

Louisa May Alcott in the Civil War
Narrated by: Chloe Cannon
Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
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An eye-opening look at Little Women author Louisa May Alcott's time as a Civil War nurse, and the far-reaching implications her service had on her writing and her activism  

Louisa on the Frontlines is the first narrative nonfiction book focusing on the least-known aspect of Louisa May Alcott's career - her time spent as a nurse during the Civil War. Though her service was brief, the dramatic experience was one that she considered pivotal in helping her write the beloved classic Little Women. It also deeply affected her tenuous relationship with her father, and inspired her commitment to abolitionism. Through it all, she kept a journal and wrote letters to her family and friends. These letters were published in the newspaper, and her subsequent book, Hospital Sketches spotlighted the dire conditions of the military hospitals and the suffering endured by the wounded soldiers she cared for. To this day, her work is considered a pioneering account of military nursing.  

Alcott's time as an Army nurse in the Civil War helped her find her authentic voice - and cemented her foundational belief system. Louisa on the Frontlines reveals the emergence of this prominent feminist and abolitionist - a woman whose life and work has inspired millions and continues to do so today.  

©2019 Samantha Seiple (P)2019 Hachette Audio

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"Bravo to Samantha Seiple for her sensitive portrayal of the difficulties and the successes of Civil War nurses, as seen through the clear eyes of Louisa May Alcott." (Dr. Patricia Brady, historian and biographer)  

"Louisa on the Front Lines tells the story of a powerful period in Louisa May Alcott's life - her brief occupation as a Civil War nurse. Samantha Seiple, with her lively, well-researched narrative, captures Alcott at a pivotal time in the history of our country and in her own career as a young writer. Readers will discover the story both engaging and informative. Alcott herself would have marveled at how Seiple's biographical and historical account reads like a novel!" (Daniel Shealy, UNC Professor of English and editor of The Journals of Louisa May Alcott)

"There's a beautiful humanness in Seiple's descriptions of Alcott...Readers will discover in these pages an author as vibrant as her writings, and find themselves returning to her work with fresh eyes. Alcott scholars will encounter a liveliness if not substantive new information." (Library Journal)  

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Louisa on the front lines

What an inspirational book Louisa was ahead of her time and amazing woman I enjoyed the book very much didn’t realize that little women is red throughout the world even today I recommend a book I think you’ll enjoy it