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Sarah Orne Jewett
Sarah Orne Jewett

Sarah Orne Jewett (September 3, 1849June 24, 1909) was an American author whose works were set in her native New England. Her most famous works include the 1896 novella The Country of Pointed Firs, and a short story, The White Heron. Image File history File links Jewett. ... September 3 is the 246th day of the year (247th in leap years). ... 1849 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... June 24 is the 175th day of the year (176th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 190 days remaining. ... 1909 (MCMIX) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... The states of New England are Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. ... 1896 (MDCCCXCVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ...


Life and Career

Jewett grew up and lived in South Berwick, Maine. Jewett was schooled at the Berwick Academy. Her first story was Jenny Garrow's Lovers, published in 1868. This was followed by a constant stream of stories through the 1870s First establishing herself as a short story author, Jewett formed a close relationship with writer Annie Fields and her husband, author James T. Fields. South Berwick is a town located in York County, Maine. ... Fogg Memorial Building in c. ... Annie Adams Fields (1834 - 1915), United States writer was born in Boston, Massachusetts. ... James Thomas Fields (December 31, 1817 – April 24, 1881), American publisher and author, was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. ...

After Annie Fields' husband died in 1881, the two were together for the rest of Jewett's life (Fields died in 1915). The two were friends with many of the main literary figures of their time, including Willa Cather,Mary Ellen Chase, William Dean Howells, Henry James, Rudyard Kipling, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Alfred Tennyson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Mark Twain, Sarah Wyman Whitman and John Greenleaf Whittier. Willa Cather photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1936 Willa Sibert Cather (December 7, 1873 – April 24, 1947) is among the most eminent female American authors. ... Mary Ellen Chase (February 24, 1887 in Blue Hill, Maine, USA - July 28, 1973 in Northampton, Massachusetts) was a teacher, scholar, and writer. ... William Dean Howells (March 1, 1837 – May 11, 1920) was an American realist author. ... For other uses of this name, see Henry James (disambiguation). ... Rudyard Kipling Joseph Rudyard Kipling (December 30, 1865 – January 18, 1936) was a British author and poet, born in India. ... Harriet Beecher Stowe Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe, born Harriet Elizabeth Beecher (June 14, 1811 – July 1, 1896) was an abolitionist, and writer of more than 10 books, the most famous being Uncle Toms Cabin which describes life in slavery, and which was first published in serial form from 1851... Lord Tennyson, Poet Laureate Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson (August 6, 1809 - October 6, 1892) is generally regarded as one of the greatest English poets. ... Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. ... Mark Twain Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was a famous American humorist, novelist, writer and lecturer. ... John Greenleaf Whittier, November 25, 1885. ...

Over the course of her life, Jewett travelled to Europe four times. In 1902, she was injured in a carriage accident (on her birthday), when the horse pulling the carriage slipped and fell. Jewett suffered a concussion and may have cracked vertebrae, which effectively ended her literary career and left her immobile.

Personal Life Speculation

There has always been speculation that Jewett may have been lesbian. [1] Her relationship with Fields is known as a so-called Boston Marriage, two people of the same gender living together (though not always necessarily in a homosexual situation). Though it is likely she was, there is no definitive proof of her sexual orientation. However, irregardless it should be argued that it does not detract from the power of her literature. Lesbian describes a homosexual woman, or rather women who have a more intense physical and emotional relationship with other women than with men. ...

Jewett's work is recognizable due to its focus on characters above anything else, as well as its broad sense of humor. Some critics suggest that Jewett's literature is not worth studying because it is not plot driven. // Plot in literature, theater, movies According to Aristotles Poetics, a plot in literature is the arrangement of incidents that (ideally) each follow plausibly from the other. ...

Selected works

  • Deephaven, James R. Osgood, 1877
  • Play Days, Houghton, Osgood, 1878
  • Old Friends and New, Houghton, Osgood, 1879
  • Country By-Ways, Houghton-Mifflin, 1881
  • A Country Doctor, Houghton-Mifflin, 1884
  • The Mate of the Daylight, and Friends Ashore, Houghton-Mifflin, 1884
  • A Marsh Island, Houghton-Mifflin, 1884
  • A White Heron and Other Stories, Houghton-Mifflin, 1886
  • The Story of the Normans, Told Chiefly in Relation to Their Conquest of England, G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1887
  • The King of Folly Island and Other People, Houghton-Mifflin, 1888
  • Tales of New England, Houghton-Mifflin, 1890
  • Betty Leicester: A Story for Girls, Houghton-Mifflin, 1890
  • Strangers and Wayfarers, Houghton-Mifflin, 1890
  • A Native of Winby and Other Tales, Houghton-Mifflin, 1893
  • Betty Leicester's English Christmas: A New Chapter of an Old Story, privately printed for the Bryn Mawr School, 1984
  • The Life of Nancy, Houghton-Mifflin, 1895
  • The Country of the Pointed Firs, Houghton-Mifflin, 1896
  • The Queen's Twin and Other Stories, Houghton-Mifflin, 1899
  • The Tory Lover, Houghton-Mifflin, 1901
  • An Empty Purse: A Christmas Story, privately printed, 1905

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External links

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Jewett, Sarah Orne | Introduction: Feminism in Literature (1237 words)
Jewett was never an advocate for women's rights, but critics have noted that she presents portraits of strong, self-reliant, and optimistic women, most of whom are unmarried, and shows a concern for women's issues in her works.
Jewett was born September 3, 1849, in the rural port community of South Berwick, Maine, the daughter of Theodore H. Jewett, a wealthy and respected physician, and Caroline F. Perry.
The popularity of Jewett's work declined after the 1920s, and although some of her stories, most notably "A White Heron," were read in survey courses of American literature, she was considered a minor figure and cited merely as an example of a local colorist.
Violet Books: Sarah Orne Jewett (2375 words)
Sarah was best at portraying women of all ages & varying stations of life, but she was well known in her day for her dear old Captains as well.
Sarah created her mythic town & peopled it with reticent, strange characters, particularly her old sea captains, as symbols of the cultural and economic decay that New England suffered with the loss of vital sea trade.
Sarah's final years were unproductive as she lived in pain due to injury.
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