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On Picket Duty and Other Tales


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Somerset Pubs (June 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0403041937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0403041930
  • Shipping Weight: 503 g
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About the Author

Louisa May Alcott (November 29, 1832 – March 6, 1888) was an American novelist best known as author of the novel Little Women and its sequels Little Men and Jo's Boys. Raised by her transcendentalist parents, Abigail May and Amos Bronson Alcott in New England, she grew up among many of the well-known intellectuals of the day such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau. Nevertheless, her family suffered severe financial difficulties and Alcott worked to help support the family from an early age. She began to receive critical success for her writing in the 1860s. Early in her career, she sometimes used the pen name A. M. Barnard. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x97909120) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x980ae834) out of 5 stars Dated but nonetheless touching June 19 2012
By MamaSylvia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
eBook downloaded free from Gutenberg. Short collection of short pieces, set during the Civil War. Besides the title piece, The King of Clubs and the Queen of Hearts, The Cross On the Old Church Tower, and The Death of John (labelled a true story) are included.

Although quite dated, this collection will remind the reader of Alcott's skill at tearjerkers. The Death of John seems to be an expanded version of a story included in Hospital Sketches. Keep a box of kleenex handy when reading this! Spelling and grammar were acceptable, formatting was occasionally a little wonky but not to the point that it distracted me from the story.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x980ae888) out of 5 stars On Picket Duty and Other Tales consists of 4 short ... April 9 2015
By turnerbethany - Published on Amazon.com
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On Picket Duty and Other Tales consists of 4 short stories - On Picket Day, The King of Clubs & The Queen of Hearts, The Cross on the Old Church Tower, and The Death of John (an excerpt from Hospital Sketches). Each story has its own little moral to it and is interesting on its own, but there was no overarching theme.
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HASH(0x980aeb64) out of 5 stars On Picket Duty was the best of the short stories in this book Aug. 27 2014
By Mike Regan - Published on Amazon.com
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On Picket Duty was the best of the short stories in this book. I find it interesting to read the stroies of authers who lived much closer to the historical events about which they are writing than we are.
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HASH(0x980aea5c) out of 5 stars Short storys Jan. 30 2013
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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3 short stories, one of which is a republishing of part of hospital sketches. The main soldier in each story dies. Luckily for the most part not as preachy as some of her other works.


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