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The Journals Of Louisa May Alcott by Louisa May Alcott
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Jan 13, 2008

really liked it

The best thing about these is that Alcott went back later in her life and wrote in comments about old entries. The best, wonderful example: At 11, Alcott writes: ""I was cross to-day and I cried when I went to bed. I made good resolutions, and felt better in my heart. If I only kept all I made, I should be the best girl in the world. But I don't, and so am very bad." The later addition: "Poor little sinner! -- She says the same at fifty." The journals are a great look into a remarkably creative but sad life, burdened by hard work and sorrow. They are extensively footnoted as well. In my ideal world the journals would be accompanied by letters written around the same period, but you can't have everything.
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