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<Text id=JamAmWr> <Author>James, Henry</Author> <Title>American Writers</Title> <Edition>Literary Criticism. Library of America. New York: Literary Classics of the U.S., 1984</Edition> <Date>1865-1912</Date> <body> <loc><locdoc>JamAmWr189</locdoc><milestone n=189> <div0 type=chapter n=1> <p> <i>Louisa M. Alcott</i> (1) <p><i>Moods.</i> By Louisa M. Alcott, author of "Hospital Sketches." Boston: Loring, 1865. <p>Under the above title, Miss Alcott has given us her version of the old story of the husband, the wife, and the lover. This story has been told so often that an author's only pretext for telling it again is his consciousness of an ability to make it either more entertaining or more instructive; to invest it with incidents more dramatic, or with a more pointed moral. Its interest has already been carried to the furthest limits, both of tragedy and comedy, by a number of practised French writers: under this head, therefore, competition would be . . .