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    Louisa May Alcott Autograph Letter Signed "L. M. A." Three pages, 4.5" x 6.75", November 23, 1879, to "Kinsman". This buoyant letter was written only two weeks after Alcott's sister, Abigail, gave birth to her only child, Lulu. Sadly, thirty-six days after the letter was written, Abigail died from childbirth complications. In part: "You will like to know that Louisa May Nieriker arrived in Paris Nov. 8th after a short voyage which left her Momma well & herself a bouncing little lass 'lying in innocent astonishment before admiring eyes', as her proud Papa writes to us. So the name of two great-aunts & one small one as well as of several cousins is given to the young Switzer, & I hope she will live long & do it credit."

    Louisa May Alcott based the character "Amy" in her classic Little Women (1868) on her sister, Abigail May Alcott Nieriker, who died of childbirth complications on December 29, 1879, six weeks after giving birth to her daughter. That daughter, Louisa May "Lulu" Nieriker, was born in Paris on November 8, 1879. After her mother's death, the infant was cared for by her aunt, Louisa May Alcott, until the author's death in 1888. The next year, the young girl moved back to Europe where she remained until her own death in 1975. At the top of page one in another hand is written, "Postmark? Boston, Nov. 25. 1 p.m./ Redc, Leicester, 26th, 9 a.m." Other notations exist on page four, which is otherwise blank. Fine.


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