The first collection to offer all of the pioneering American writer's fictional work reveals her mastery of the hidden dramas of life along the Maine coast, and includes her masterpiece,
Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909), one of the foremost "local color" writers in America, wrote exclusively about her native Maine--its landscape, its people, and its fading rural traditions. Her unsentimental, humorous, and deeply affectionate stories and sketches provide a realistic picture of a bygone time that is based on Jewett's family, neighbors, and personal experience, but that is filtered through the consciousness of an extremely gifted and observant fiction writer. DEEPHAVEN, a coming-of-age novel-in-stories about a young woman who views her small-town community with an amused but never cynical eye, has much in common with Jewett's shorter fiction. It is one of her most loved and admired works. Originally published in 1896, THE COUNTRY OF THE POINTED FIRS concerns a young woman writer, summering in the Maine fishing village of Dunnet Landing. As she stays there, she becomes closer to the people of the village, and to the power of the land and sea that surround her. The characters include an ancient sea captain who claims to have once explored the Arctic, a shepherdess who has resisted marriage to the man she loves for 40 years, Mrs. Todd the herb expert, and a legendary hermit.
- Fiction + Literature Themes
- Literary Genres + Types of Novels
- March 1, 1994
- March 1, 1994
- Sarah Orne Jewett