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The Quiet Little Woman by Louisa May Alcott
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Jan 10, 12

bookshelves: 2012, fiction, short-story, children-s
Read on January 03, 2012

After reading 'Little Women', Carrie, Maggie, Nellie, Emma and Helen Lukens, young girls from Massachusetts, founded a home produced magazine called 'Little Things.' While the magazine produced by the March women was written in their own hand using goose quill pens, these industrious sisters managed to find a printer to build their circulation.

Miss Alcott sent a letter of congratulations to the Lukens sisters. in fact her interest in this little newspaper, and it's ever growing circulation, was such that she penned a few short stories for the girls to use. At a time when Miss Alcott's stories were commanding prices of several hundred dollars apiece, her contributions to 'Little Things' were given in gratis "for love-- not for money" as she stated.

The individual stories are of girls who morally persevered, giving others hope and a moral compass with which to guide. This type of story was virtually unheard of during the time of Miss Alcott because children were to be seen and not heard. Giving them a voice as well as moral servitude opened the door for others to do the same.
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