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Three Unpublished Poems

Louisa May Alcott

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Paradise.

There is so much that is quaint to see and seemingly impossible to hear, for there were some strange theories worked out by this group of learned men, that a sudden outburst of surprise and amusement will break into the recital of the tale; but in the room upstairs they are wont to grow [Pg 4]quiet and speak in lowered voices, for they seem to feel the pathos there of the final disillusionment. It is the room where at the end of a laborious day Mrs. Alcott, with tired eyes, sewed and sewed, night after night, by the light of her one flickering lamp, and where Bronson Alcott, deserted by his followers, lay in his bed, with his face turned to the wall, and in his despair over the bitter failure of his most cherished dream, called upon death to release him.

The visitors stand and look at Mrs. Alcott's lace cap on the table by the window, and the little cuffs that fell over her busy, useful hands; at the sewing basket, left where she might have lai. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A Trip into the Past

Sweet, heartfelt, and old-fashioned poems give a glimpse into Alcott's father. I appreciated the information in the introduction and end notes.

Three poems by Louisa: "A.B.A.", "A Little Grey Curl", and "To Papa". All three poems are dedicated to her father. It also includes a poem by Louise Chandler Moulton called "In Memorium" which she dedicated to Louisa upon her death.

The poems are sweet, a quick read, and probably some of her earlier

Truly beautiful.


The second poem was my favorite.

oh, where do i begin loving this! only twenty pages, but a wonderful article by clara endicott sears, three charming poems by a young louisa may alcott + a brilliant poem by louise chandler moulton, i am so thoroughly delighted.

“Old letters and old poems from the pen of some well-known author of the past that are found in unexpected places, or come to light through unlooked-for channels, have a special charm and flavor of their own. They seem to give out something peculiarly personal, like an echo from a voice that has lon

Interesting bit in there about how Louisa knew Thoreau and Emerson and had a lot of respect for her dad

Unpublished yet Masterpieces by LMA

Louisa May Alcott and her father shared a heavenly bond since her birth and these three poems give the view how much she adored her father through the daily struggles he faced. She along with her mother stood by his side like pillars. This shows great charcateristi

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