The Resource Novels and stories, Sarah Orne Jewett

Novels and stories, Sarah Orne Jewett

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Novels and stories
Title
Novels and stories
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Sarah Orne Jewett
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
  • In her nuanced and sharply etched novels and short stories, Sarah Orne Jewett captured the innerlife and hidden emotional drama of outwardly quiet New England coastal towns. Set against the background of long Maine winters, hardscrabble farms, and the sea, her stories of independent, capable women struggling to find fulfillment in their lives and work have a surprisingly modern resonance. Here is the first collection to include all her best fiction, and it reveals the full stature of the writer Willa Cather ranked with Mark Twain, and Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Jewett struck her characteristic note in her first collection, Deephaven (1877), stories whose exploration of Maine life moved and delighted readers when they were first published in the Atlantic Monthly, and opened a new vein of regional fiction in American literature. Of the distinctly local quality of her writings Willa Cather later said: "The language her people speak to each other is a native tongue. No writer can invent it. It is made in the hard school of experience, in communities where language has been undisturbed long enough to take on color and character from the nature and experiences of the people."
  • The novel A Country Doctor (1884), inspired by both her own life and that of her doctor father, is often read as a veiled autobiography. Her focus here is on a woman who must choose between marriage and her commitment to a medical career, a decision she defends passionately against the narrowness of those around her: "God would not give us the same talents if what were right for men were wrong for women." Jewett's masterpiece, The Country of the Pointed Firs (1896), brings to imaginative life the faded trading port of Dunnet Landing, Maine, re-creating in spare, impressionistic prose the rhythms and textures of a communal society of poor fishermen and farmers, with its traditional country rituals and its stoically endured tragedies. In these linked stories we meet some of Jewett's most unforgettable characters - a woman who withdraws from society to live alone on an island, a retired sea captain haunted by old superstitions, a herb gatherer keeping alive an old knowledge of homeopathic remedies
  • In the related "Dunnet Landing Stories," Jewett offers further glimpses of her fictional town, often delineating with unique sensitivity the theme of older people striving to live with dignity and security - Other stories include "A White Heron," about a girl's love for both a young ornithologist and the heron for which he is searching, the haunting "Miss Tempy's Watchers," and more tales, humorous, satiric, and poignant. This volume features a chronology of Jewett's life, useful explanatory notes, and an account of the textual history of each of the works included
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1849-1909
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Jewett, Sarah Orne
Dewey number
813/.4
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS2131
LC item number
1994
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Library of America
Series volume
69
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • United States
  • Maine
Label
Novels and stories, Sarah Orne Jewett
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 931-937)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Deephaven
  • A country doctor
  • The country of the pointed firs
  • Dunnet Landing stories
  • Selected stories and sketches
Control code
ocm28410297
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
x, 937 pages
Isbn
9780940450745
Lccn
93024167
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o28410297
  • (OCoLC)28410297
Label
Novels and stories, Sarah Orne Jewett
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 931-937)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Deephaven
  • A country doctor
  • The country of the pointed firs
  • Dunnet Landing stories
  • Selected stories and sketches
Control code
ocm28410297
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
x, 937 pages
Isbn
9780940450745
Lccn
93024167
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o28410297
  • (OCoLC)28410297

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