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Sarah Orne Jewett (1849–1909)

Author of The Country of the Pointed Firs and Other Stories

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About the Author

Theodora Sarah Orne Jewett was born in South Berwick, Maine on September 3, 1849. Unable to attend school because of arthritis, she learned about coastal life in New England as she accompanied her father, a doctor, on his rounds. He encouraged both her reading and her writing. When she began show more submitting fiction in 1867, using the pseudonyms A. D. Eliot, Alice Eliot, and Sarah C. Sweet, her chosen topic was often the life and people of her native, rural Maine. Her first published story appeared in the Atlantic Monthly in 1869 and her first short story collection, Deephaven, was published in 1877. Her first novel, A Country Doctor was published in 1884. Her other works include A Marsh Island (1885), A White Heron and Other Stories (1886), A Native of Winby (1893), Tales of New England (1894) and The Country of the Pointed Firs (1896). She stopped writing in 1902, after a fall left her with severe head injuries. She died of a cerebral hemorrhage on June 24, 1909. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Sarah Orne Jewett

A Country Doctor (1884) 222 copies
Deephaven (1876) 45 copies
The Tory lover (1901) 17 copies
Strangers and Wayfarers (1890) 17 copies
Old Friends and New (1879) 14 copies
A Marsh Island (1885) 10 copies
The Story of the Normans (2012) 9 copies
Tales of New England (2004) 8 copies
The Life of Nancy (1895) 7 copies
Country by-ways (2017) 5 copies
Miss Tempy's Watchers (1994) 4 copies
In Dark New England Days (1996) 2 copies
Verses 1 copy
Martha's Lady (2005) 1 copy
L'airone bianco (2002) 1 copy
Yankee Ranger (1974) 1 copy
[No title] 1 copy
Miss Peck's promotion (1995) 1 copy
NATIVE OF WINBY (1893) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Oxford Book of American Short Stories (1992) — Contributor — 741 copies
Great American Short Stories: From Hawthorne to Hemingway (2004) — Contributor — 585 copies
Fifty Great American Short Stories (1965) — Contributor — 427 copies
Points of View: Revised Edition (1966) — Contributor — 410 copies
Great Short Stories by American Women (1996) — Contributor — 407 copies
The Penguin Book of Lesbian Short Stories (1993) — Contributor — 295 copies
A Treasury of Short Stories (1947) — Contributor — 291 copies
The Treasury of American Short Stories (1981) — Contributor — 267 copies
New England Legends and Folk Lore (1884) — Contributor — 177 copies
An Anthology of Famous American Stories (1953) — Contributor — 133 copies
American Short Stories (1976) — Contributor, some editions — 95 copies
American Fantastic Tales: Boxed Set (2009) — Contributor — 92 copies
Best Shorts: Favorite Stories for Sharing (2006) — Contributor — 89 copies
Women and Fiction: Volume 2 (1978) — Contributor — 73 copies
Bedside Book of Famous American Stories (1936) — Contributor — 69 copies
200 Years of Great American Short Stories (1975) — Contributor — 68 copies
Reader's Digest Great Stories for Young Readers (1969) — Contributor — 67 copies
The Vintage Book of American Women Writers (2011) — Contributor — 56 copies
Strangeness (1977) — Contributor — 52 copies
The Experience of the American Woman (1978) — Contributor — 46 copies
Best Loved Short Stories of Nineteenth Century America (2003) — Contributor — 39 copies
Summer: A Spiritual Biography of the Season (2005) — Contributor — 37 copies
Rediscoveries: American Short Stories by Women, 1832-1916 (1994) — Contributor — 32 copies
American Gothic Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2019) — Contributor — 32 copies
Short Stories of the Sea (1984) — Contributor — 27 copies
American short stories, 1820 to the present (1952) — Contributor — 26 copies
American gothic : An anthology 1787–1916 (1999) — Contributor — 25 copies
Eyes to See, Volume Two (2008) — Contributor — 24 copies
Women's Friendships: A Collection of Short Stories (1991) — Contributor — 23 copies
Tell Me a Story: An Anthology (1957) — Contributor — 23 copies
Modern American Short Stories (1945) — Contributor — 15 copies
The Cold Embrace: Weird Stories by Women (2016) — Contributor — 14 copies
Love Stories: Classic Tales of Romance (2010) — Contributor — 13 copies
Loaded for Bear: A Treasury of Great Hunting Stories (1990) — Contributor — 12 copies
Classic Short Stories by Trailblazing Women (2023) — Contributor — 12 copies
Of Leaf and Flower: Stories and Poems for Gardeners (2001) — Contributor — 11 copies
Cat Encounters: A Cat-Lover's Anthology (1979) — Contributor — 10 copies
The Great Modern American Stories: An Anthology (1920) — Contributor — 10 copies
Representative American Short Stories — Contributor — 5 copies
The Anthology of Love and Romance (1994) — Contributor — 4 copies
Representative Modern Short Stories (1929) — Contributor — 2 copies
Enjoying Stories (1987) — Contributor — 2 copies

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Common Knowledge

Birthdate
1849-09-03
Date of death
1909-06-24
Gender
female
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
South Berwick, Maine, USA
Place of death
South Berwick, Maine, USA
Cause of death
stroke
Places of residence
South Berwick, Maine, USA
Education
Berwick Academy
Occupations
novelist
short story writer
poet
essayist
Relationships
Fields, Annie (friend)
Cather, Willa (friend)
Awards and honors
Sarah Orne Jewett House
Honorary doctorate, Bowdoin College (1901)
Short biography
Wikipedia says:  Sarah Orne Jewett was an American novelist and short story writer best known for her careful, if subdued, books filled with local color and set in or near South Berwick, Maine, on the border of New Hampshire.  

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Jewett tells stories that combine detailed observation about the people, life and country of Maine that allows your imagination to run with pleasure. She has that rare gift.
I know she was well regarded in her time, but I wonder why her work hasn't maintained a wider audience as other authors of her time. How many great authors have faded into the dust of the past?
 
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wvlibrarydude | Jan 17, 2024 |
Another collection of stories by Ms. Jewett. The Two Browns was the least appealing of the stores. Her fiction based in the country is better, especially when woven with her wry sense of humor. Characters are where she shines. Still one of my favorite 19th century American writers.
 
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wvlibrarydude | 4 other reviews | Jan 14, 2024 |
This was different from the other books I have read by Jewett. The regional description of the marshland and the people is the same, but the closer look inside the minds of the characters was new. I'm not sure what to make of the complex weave of interplay with the characters. It almost begs to be read again with closer inspection to truly understand Jewett's intent with this novel.

I may be thick, but I don't see the queer, gender bending intent that the book description puts forward. I think Don James McLaughlin put too much of what he wants to see into the story for a more modern interpretation.… (more)
 
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wvlibrarydude | 1 other review | Jan 14, 2024 |
Absolutely nothing happens in this book and I love it.
 
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nogomu | 27 other reviews | Oct 19, 2023 |

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