Louisa May Alcott’s early work is finally getting published

Jessica Davis
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From Harper's BAZAAR

An unfinished story by Little Women author Louisa May Alcott, who was 17 at the time of writing, is being finally published. Aunt Nellie’s Diary is told from the perspective of a single woman who looks after her teenage niece.

US literary magazine The Strand is now looking for writers to complete the story, which was left at just 44 pages.

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Aunt Nellie’s Diary is currently part of a collection of papers in Houghton Library at Harvard University. Dating back to 1849 and totalling at 9,000 words, it consists of nine separate diary entries, the first of which recounts the narrator's 40th birthday, according to the BBC.


Scholar Daniel Shealy explained that it "revels the influences the sparked Alcott’s imagination and shows us an emerging talent on the cusp of a promising career".

Alcott is best known for her 1868 Little Women novel, which was recently adapted by Greta Gerwig and starred the likes of Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh and Timothée Chalamet.

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