Other books bySarah Orne Jewett
The Country of the Pointed Firs
...it was touching to discover that this lonely spot was not without its pilgrims. The story of an endearing, unlikely friendship set against the backdrop of a remote and beautiful Maine coastal town, The Country of Pointed Firs is one of Sarah Orne Jewett's most loved works, and it quickly earned her a reputation as a talented writer upon its publication. Praised by Alice Brown for its "idyllic atmosphere of country life," Jewett's moving novel shows her intimate understanding of New England and its unique inhabitants, whose prickly exteriors often concealed a warm and loyal nature. Willa Cather (My Antonia, Death of The Archbishop) remarked that The Country of The Pointed Firs was one of three American books destined for imortality, placing it beside Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter and Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The Art of The Novella Series Too short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers. Nonetheless, it is a form beloved and practiced by literature's greatest writers. In the Art Of The Novella series, Melville House celebrates this renegade art form and its practitioners with titles that are, in many instances, presented in book form for the first time.
A Country Doctor
A hundred and thirty years after it was first published, Sarah Orne Jewett’s story of a young medical woman remains an incisive rendering of the dilemmas of gender, society, and self. Nan Prince first becomes interested in medicine as a child, as the ward of the widowed physician Dr. Leslie. In time she becomes his protégée. But when she enters medical college, she realizes that she will have to choose between marriage and her career, between the demands of her society and her obligations to her true self. Inspired by Jewett’s own interests and by her father, A Country Doctor portrays a world very much in flux and Nan, ultimately, as a woman with a new world opening to her. First time in Penguin Classics
Dwelling on the past, Jewett creates before the reader, a world of profound relations and earnestness. In a simple style, she elucidates such characters to which life and love are a source of happiness and contentment. Charming!
Old Friends and New
Published in 1879, the stories collected in Old Friends and New are written with Jewett's keen insight and gentle humor, and offer a vivid display of her genius as a writer. Her poignant depictions of elderly women as seen through the eyes of the young, is a theme that runs prominently through the collection. Included are "A Late Supper," "A Sorrowful Guest," and "A Bit of Shore Life."