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Louisa May Alcott

(1832 - 1888)

How They Ran Away

Two little boys whittled arrows on the fence, and Tommy crammed his treasures back into his pockets. Two eleven year old boys were staying with their mothers at a farm-house up among the mountains,...

26 min read · Rating: G · Read story

Kitty's Class Day

As Kitty burst into the room, Priscilla smiled and said she would never wear that old muslin again. Priscilla's head was completely turned by the advice and example of certain fashionable young...

29 min read · Rating: G · Read story

Lost in a London Fog

We had gone to tea with some friends in Shaftesbury Terrace, and were so busy gossiping that the evening slipped away unperceived till half-past ten. Jarvey will bring us safely home, we can trust...

13 min read · Rating: PG · Read story

Louisa May Alcott: A Child's Biography

Louisa May Alcott, a small girl who liked to run away, joined some children at a tall ash heap to play and then hop-skipped to the Common. Louisa was fast asleep when a big dog came along, and the...

5 min read · Rating: G · Read story

Marjorie's Three Gifts

Marjorie sat on the door-step, shelling peas, and imagined a fairy-tale. She was afraid of the fat pony. Marjorie stood up straight and tall, pulled out her pocket a tin savings-bank in the shape...

16 min read · Rating: G · Read story

My Red Cap

A Maine regiment passed through Boston in the third year of the late war, and Tom and I promised to tell Joe's mother how finely the regiment went off. Joe Collins proved himself a good soldier by...

29 min read · Rating: G · Read story

Nelly's Hospital

Nelly sat beside her mother picking lint, and then ran to find Tony, the gardener's son, and bundled out all the rubbish. She broke two flower pots, scattered all the squash-seeds, and brought a...

26 min read · Rating: G · Read story

On Picket Duty

The men were friends as well as comrades, and soon grew into a bond of mutual good fellowship. Thorn was a Massachusetts volunteer, Phil was a "romantic chap", and Dick smoked a minute with more...

49 min read · Rating: PG-13 · Read story

Psyche's Art

Once upon a time, a fashionable epidemic called the Art fever attacked the young women of the community with great violence. Psyche strolled away up an unfrequented staircase to the empty...

39 min read · Rating: G · Read story

Roses and Forget-Me-Nots

Lizzie rang the bell and was told to wait in the hall while Miss Belle tried on hats. One particularly captivating little rose won her heart. Belle didn't say anything, but sat among the sofa...

22 min read · Rating: G · Read story

Rosy's Journey

Rosy was left all alone in the woods, and the people gave her a warm red cloak. Rosy got on very well for some days, until she came to the sea, where she cried a few big tears as salt as the sea....

17 min read · Rating: G · Read story

Scarlet Stockings

Kate shook her head and smiled approvingly at her brother, saying that Belle Morgan was a nice, bright, energetic, warm-hearted dear. Lennox tried to hide his smile by curling his moustache with...

43 min read · Rating: G · Read story