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Country of the Pointed Firs And Selected Short Fiction

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ISBN-10: 1593082622

ISBN-13: 9781593082628

Edition: N/A

Authors: Sarah Orne Jewett, George Stade, Ted Olson

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Even the title of Sarah Orne Jewett's most celebrated work seems to revel in the love of landscape and language that flows through it. Though nominally a novel, "The Country of the Pointed Firs" lacks the coherent, unifying plot of more traditional books. Instead, Jewett creates a mosaic of tales and character sketches, all set in the fictional Maine fishing hamlet of Dunnet Landing. The unnamed narrator, an unmarried female writer (like Jewett herself), has come to the town seeking a summer of solitude and work. But she's drawn to the villagers she meets. Most of them are over sixty, alone, and covering a roiling inner ocean of feeling with a craggy exterior as rocky as the ragged coastline. Entranced by their stories, she allows them to enter her life. When the book first appeared, Willa Cather prophesied that the "young students of American literature in far distant years to come will take up this book and say 'a masterpiece.'" Now, more than a century later, Cather's words resonate more urgently than ever. This edition also includes "A White Heron, " "A Winter Courtship, " "A Native of Winby, " and several other of Jewett's cogent short stories.
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Book details

List price: $7.95
Publisher: Barnes & Noble, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/25/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748

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 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.