Louisa on the Front Lines: Louisa May Alcott in the Civil War

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Seal Press (CA)
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6.1 X 1.1 X 9.1 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Samantha Seiple is the author of the young adult narrative nonfiction books Ghosts in the Fog: The Untold Story of Alaska's WWII Invasion, a YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Nominee and a Junior Library Guild Selection; Lincoln's Spymaster: America's First Private Eye, a Junior Library Guild Selection; Byrd & Igloo: A Polar Adventure; and Death on the River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Amazon Adventure. She has worked as a competitive intelligence specialist, as a librarian, and as a production editor and copy editor. Her education includes degrees in English, journalism, and library and information science. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.


"Louisa on the Front Lines is a lively account of a critical moment in Alcott's life, her time working as a nurse in the Civil War -- a moment that reverberates, sometimes in surprising ways, in her most beloved work."--Louisa Thomas, Author of Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams
"Bravo to Samantha Seiple for her sensitive portrayal of the difficulties and the successes of Civil War nurses, as seen through the clear eyes of Louisa May Alcott."--Dr. Patricia Brady, Historian and Biographer
"Louisa on the Front Lines tells the story of a powerful period in Louisa May Alcott's life--her brief occupation as a Civil War nurse. Samantha Seiple, with her lively, well-researched narrative, captures Alcott at a pivotal time in the history of our country and in her own career as a young writer. Readers will discover the story both engaging and informative. Alcott herself would have marveled at how Seiple's biographical and historical account reads like a novel!"--Daniel Shealy, UNC Professor of English and editor of The Journals of Louisa May Alcott

"There's a beautiful humanness in Seiple's descriptions of Alcott...Readers will discover in these pages an author as vibrant as her writings, and find themselves returning to her work with fresh eyes. Alcott scholars will encounter a liveliness if not substantive new information."--Library Journal