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Louisa May Alcott's new pseudonym prompts new questions about novelist

Elizabeth Pope, curator of books and digitized collections at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, assisted Max Chapnick’s research that led to this discovery of “The Phantom” by E.H. Gould. Here she points out the location of the work in the original 1860 newspaper The Olive Branch. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Elizabeth Pope, curator of books and digitized collections at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, assisted Max Chapnick’s research that led to this discovery of “The Phantom” by E.H. Gould. Here she points out the location of the work in the original 1860 newspaper The Olive Branch. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Author Louisa May Alcott was known to write under a variety of names other than her own. But a researcher in Boston believes he has found a new pseudonym — the first to be discovered since the 1940s.

WBUR’s Solon Kelleher explains why this discovery is significant in unveiling more about Alcott herself.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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